Sep. 08, 2016 (September 2016) Trade unions are moblising on 10 September in their continuing campaign against the proposed new Labour Code. The President blocked the code over the summer and EPSU has sent a message of protest to the Lithuanian government arguing that the Code will do nothing for the economy and only create more precarious working conditions, particularly for young workers. Read more at LPPFS (LT).
Sep. 08, 2016
(8 September 2016) Unions in Lithuania are continuing their campaign against the new Labour Code.
Jul. 06, 2016 (July 2016) Trade unions have welcomed the decision by President Dalia Grybauskaitė to veto the draft Labour Code. She said that the Code fails to provide adequate protections for workers and she has sent it back to Parliament with 22 suggested amendments. The unions have been campaigning against the Code since last autumn, warning of the impact of measures that would relax rules on working time and make it easier for employers to sack workers. Read more at Baltic Times (EN) and EPSU (EN).
Feb. 18, 2016 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)
Nov. 11, 2015 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)
Sep. 25, 2015 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
Dec. 09, 2011 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.
Mar. 22, 2011 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)
Apr. 15, 2009 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)
Jan. 22, 2009 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)
Oct. 04, 2008 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)
Jan. 11, 2008 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)
Jul. 27, 2007 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%.