Confederation backs calls for pay rises for frontline workers

Estonia

The EAKL trade union confederation has called for real wage increases for frontline workers, particularly in the light of all their efforts during the pandemic. Negotiations on health workers’ pay are now continuing through a national conciliator and EAKL is particularly concerned that the pressures on the service need to be addressed and particularly the low levels of pay that is driving workers away from the sector. Meanwhile the confederation reports that negotiations on the salaries of emergency service and police officers have not even started and is concerned that the state budget is not expected to increase, and so frontline workers will again lose out compared to the national average. EAKL will be raising the issue at a tripartite meeting with the Prime Minister and the Confederation of Employers.

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