EPSU affiliate LTUSE reports that the Lithuanian government has agreed an increase to the national minimum wage next year but it will be the third time that civil servants have missed out on an increase. The minimum monthly wage will increase to 600 LTL (173,77 euros) next July. This will be the third increase since 2003 but none of these increases have applied to state workers whose minimum wage is still 430 LTL (124,54 euros) a month, this is less than a third of national average earnings in Lithuania which are 1,331,50 LTL a month (385,63 euros).
Lithuanian trade unions rallied together on 10 November to protest against low wages and long working hours. The three EPSU affiliates received a very encouraging turn out, and also were endorsed by numerous messages of support from fellow national unions and international trade union federations. They called on the Lithuanian Government to recognise that as part of the package of being a successful member of the European Union, they needed to enact policy that would bring the country into line with the living standards in other parts of the EU. In particular the Unions demanded that as a
According to the EIRO industrial relations observatory, the two main social partners in Lithuania, the LSPK union federation and LPK employers' federation are working to extend sectoral social dialogue across the public and private sectors. It is hoped that this will also have an impact on collective bargaining and increase the extent to which collective agreements are signed across different sectors. Read more at > EIRO (EN)
Discontent over pay in the civil service has led to the setting up of new trade unions and an increase in membership of existing public sector unions, according to the EIRO industrial relations observatory. Civil servants are not covered by collective bargaining and salaries have been falling behind those in other sectors. Unions were also disappointed that a court ruling over pay determination went against them. Read more at > EIRO (EN)
Pressure from EPSU affiliate, the Lithuanian Trade Unions of State Employees, has led to a new law implementing an increase in the base salary from 442 litas (€128) to 490 litas (€142). This is an increase of just under 11%.
At the end of November the three Lithuanian trade union confederations came together to organise a major demonstration over pay. The unions called for an significant increase in the national minimum wage (NMW) and for the government to adopt a target for the NMW to be increased to the equivalent of 60% of national average wages. Read more at > LDF (EN)
A survey by the National Student Agency finds that the gender pay in Lithuania is 18% with no sign that it is closing. The survey also looked at the pay gap in different age groups, with women aged 50-59 earning on average 30% less than men. Read more at > LRT news (EN)
Public sector unions joined other trade unions and opposition parties in a major demonstration earlier this month in protest at the economic policies of the Lithuanian and Latvian governments. Reports indicate, for example that the Lithuanian government is planning a 15% in the public sector wage bill. EPSU and the ETUC sent messages of support to local trade unions. Read more at > EU Observer (EN) And at > EPSU (EN)
Police, firefighters and border guards joined forces to protest over public sector pay cuts in front of government buildings on 2 April while several other demonstrations took place outside the capital. The workers plan to mobilise again on 25 April if the government fails to respond. Read more at > Top News (EN)
The four main Lithuanian trade union centres – Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation, Lithuanian Labor Federation, Lithuanian Trade Union „Solidarumas“ and Lithuanian Journalists’ Union – organized a national demonstration on 19 March calling for a higher minimum wage, more progressive taxes, and increases to pensions. Over 2,500 people joined the March including a delegation of 50 from the Lithuanian Energy Workers’ Trade Union Federation. Read more at > LDF (EN)
EPSU affiliates in Lithuania are mobilizing for a demonstration on 10 December with a series of key demands to put to the government. These include: increases to minimum wage and basic salaries of public sector workers, job creation proposals, a shift towards progressive taxation, to ensure trade union rights and a budget that tackles unemployment and poverty.
Trade unions from all sectors came together on 10 September to protest against government plans to change the labour code. Under the banner "No to slavery at work", trade unions made clear their opposition to radical reforms that will undermine many basic employment and trade union rights. If implemented the changes will mean more precarious working conditions, pressure to work longer hours and worsening provision for working parents. EPSU sent a letter of protest to the Lithuanian government. Read more at > EPSU
Radical and negative changes to the labour code will debated in parliament on 24 November and unions will be mobilising again in protest following their demonstrations in September. If approved the changes will make it easier and cheaper for employers to dismiss workers as well as relaxing the rules on fixed-term work and reducing benefits for working parents. The unions have been running a campaign under the banner: "No to slavery at work". Read more at > LSADPS (LT)
Proposed changes to the labour code amount to a massive attack on trade union and employment rights. Representatives of the ETUC and the SAK Finnish trade union confederation took part in a meeting in the Lithuanian Parliament on 10 February to put forward arguments against the changes. The unions have identified 45 proposed reforms that would have a negative impact, including giving the employers the right to ignore collective agreements, allowing zero-hours contracts and raising existing limits on working time. [Read more at > ETUC (EN+FR)->https://www.etuc.org/press/lithuania-needs-stronger