May. 23, 2007 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)
Dec. 07, 2006 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)
Nov. 18, 2006 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 first step towards decent incomes for all, the Government should set a preliminary target for the minimum wage at 50 % of the average wage.Read more at > EPSU (EN)And at > EPSU (EN)
Nov. 27, 2005 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).