Latviski English По-русски
Tuesday 23.01.2018 | Name days: Strauta, Grieta

Nearly 1,000 teachers gather outside of Saeima to protest

(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTeachers gathered outside of the Latvian parliament in the morning of Thursday, December 11th. This protest act was organized specifically prior to the Saeima’s plenary meeting, and is aimed to request additional money to be found in the next year’s budget in order to finance pay rise for teachers in Latvia.

Roughly 1,000 teachers gathered outside of the Saeima building at 09:00. As Saeima deputies started showing up for work, the crowd ‘welcomed’ them with loud whistles and slogans, as reported by

Finally Saeima speaker Inara Murniece decided to walk out to the protesters in order to invite representatives of Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees to enter the parliament to holds talks.

While on the way to the protest act, Chairwoman of LIZDA’s Rezekne and Vilani branch Vija Dikule said teachers in Latgale are seriously worried, because after the raising of minimum wages in Latvia next year, the pay of qualified teachers will differ from the minimum wage in the country by only EUR 60.

Dikule said that teachers conceptually approve of the necessity to perform reforms in Latvia’s education system, but only under the condition that there is sufficient funding for this undertaking. Moreover, the realization of reforms is in the hands of the government, not teachers.

LIZDA asks all deputies to speak with protesting teachers from their regions prior to the first Saeima meeting this morning. Teachers ask for the reservation of sufficient funding in the 2015 budget in order to introduce a new pay model for teachers starting September 1st, 2015.

LIZDA representatives emphasize that the new pay model for teachers must not worsen the already poor financial situation. Instead, it should provide a fair and competitive wages for teachers. Of the EUR 12 – 36 million requested by protesters, Latvian Education and Science Ministry has reserved only EUR 3 million, which is not enough to finance the introduction of the new model without serious losses. Representatives of the trade union emphasize that the introduction of the new model using currently available funds is impossible, because the budget had declined by 60% during the crisis.

If a new pay model is not introduced using adequate funding, this means there are no other alternatives to raise wages of teachers and science workers, which is something the ruling parties in the Saeima had promised during the pre-election campaign, notes the trade union.

There will not be any solidarity and fairness without proper reforms of the current remuneration system in Latvia’s education sector. Teachers will remain hostages of the situation. This will only serve to divide them even more. Young perspective teachers will likely avoid working in schools. The government’s new electricity tariffs will impact teachers’ wallets even more. What is even worse – the quality of Latvian education and its availability to children in Latvia will suffer the most.

After holding talks with teachers, Saeima Chairwoman Inara Murniece emphasized that a constructive approach is necessary to resolve the matter regarding teachers’ wages. She added that all sides have to be involved in it – LIZDA, Education and Science Ministry and Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee. Only then will it be possible to reach a conclusion that is appropriate for teachers, as reported by the Saeima press-service.

In regard to the publishing of pedagogists’ wages, Murniece noted that this matter is planned to be excluded from the 2015 budget plan and related regulations.

Chairman of Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee Janis Vucans turns attention towards the lack of consensus in the industry in regard to the prospect of changes, because opinions of teachers in regard to the most appropriate remuneration model. He especially emphasized that the Prime Minister has verbally confirmed – if the ministry develops a transparent and supported system for the calculation of teachers’ salaries, funding will be allocated for it.


Leave a reply initiative «On saving Agenskalns market» submitted to Riga City Council

An initiative started by Anda Baidekalna «On saving Agenskalns market» has been submitted to Riga City Council for review. More than 2,000 people signed in favour of this initiative on portal. Now Riga City Council will have to decide on approval of this initiative and develop a plan for development of Agenskalns market to preserve its functionality.

Estonian construction price rise influenced most by higher labour costs

Estonian construction price index grew by 1.5% in 2017 aligned with the average of 2016, Estonian statisticians calculated.

Latvian Economy Ministry proposes self-regulatory measures for postal sector

The problem with postal items lacking addresses can be resolved using self-regulatory measures in the postal industry, as mentioned in Economy Ministry’s prepared report on new measures and proposal for mechanisms to help make the work performed by the postal sector more efficient.

Venice tourists stunned over 1 100-euro restaurant bill

The leadership of the picturesque Italian town of Venice has pledged to ensure justice after four Japanese tourists complained of having been handed a 1,100-euro bill for steaks, water, service and a plate of fried fish.

Ratification of Istanbul Convention falls through in Latvia

Unity is the only one of the coalition parties in Latvia that has expressed support for the ratification of Istanbul Convention so far, politicians say.

Spain sees Puigdemont's trip to Denmark as provoking his own arrest

A judge of the Spanish Supreme Court has blamed Catalonia's former President Carles Puigdemont of seeking to provoke his own arrest by visiting Denmark from his country of exile, Belgium, as the politician faces charges carrying a possible prison sentence of up to 30 years.

Latvenergo: Latvia is the largest energy exporter in Baltic States

Latvia continues exporting electrical energy produced in the country – as of Monday, 22 January, it was 832 MW. Especially intensive energy production is recorded for Daugava’s hydro-electric power plants and Riga’s CHP plants. The largest import volume is registered for Lithuania, to which the amount of exported energy equals the amount consumed in Latvia, Latvenergo explains.

LALRG secretary general: we have to reduce gap in quality of life for EU citizens

Ever since Latvia joined the European Union, its population has declined 14%. The most significant decline was caused by the departure of residents of working age to other EU member states. Because of that, the population in eastern regions of Latvia has declined 23%.

Czechs up for close race in this week's presidential run-off

As the Czech Republic nears the second round of its presidential election this weekend, sociologists estimate that the pro-Western academic Jiří Drahoš enjoys a somewhat larger support than the incumbent Miloš Zeman, who easily won the first round.

Producer price level in Latvia’s industry up 3.1%

Compared to December 2016, the level of producer prices in Latvian industry rose by 3.1 % in December 2017. Prices of products sold on the domestic market rose by 3.0 %, while prices of exported products went up by 3.3 %. Prices of products exported to euro area countries grew by 3.8 %, whereas prices of products exported to non-euro area countries rose by 2.9 %.

MEP: an even greater UGF dominance would slow down Latvia’s development

If the Union of Greens and Farmers (UGF) gains an even greater presence in the upcoming Saeima elections, Latvia’s continued development would suffer, said member of the European Parliament Artis Pabriks in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Tax reform challenge in January: labour tax recalculation

2018 commenced for Latvia with a historical tax reform and conceptual changes, significantly affecting everyday work performed by businessmen, employers and accountants. One of the changes financial specialists have to remember when calculating wages for January is the one for personal income tax, which also includes changes for state social insurance fees and solidarity tax, BNN was told by accounting experts.

Total tax debts in Latvia reach 1.217 billion euros at beginning of 2018

At the beginning of the year, total tax debts in Latvia, including existing debts, halted debts and debts with extended repayment debts, reached EUR 1.217 billion, which is 3% less when compared with the previous month, as reported by the State Revenue Service.

Estonia emphasises animal welfare as demand for animal food products grows

Although the demand for food products from animals is increasing, attention should be paid both animal welfare and sustainability in agriculture, Estonia's Minister for Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm has stated.

Latvia hopes to recover its status as a country free of swine fever

There is hope that Latvia may yet recover its status of a country free of swine fever, says Food and Veterinary Service’s (FVS) Animal Infections Monitoring Department lead expert Mārtiņš Seržants.

Estonia prepares to inform population of actions in case of emergency or war

Estonia is preparing a brochure on how its population should act in case of major crisis or war.

De Facto: international lawsuit against Latvia is associated with infamous Winergy case

Norvik Bank’s lawsuit against Latvian state in the international court of arbitration in Washington is associated with Winergy wind park business, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV. The bank has yet to announce the amount of money it wishes to enforce from the state

German Social Democrats vote to U-turn on coalition talks with Merkel's conservatives

In Germany, where four months after its federal parliamentary elections there is still no government, the Social Democrats have voted to enter coalition talks with the conservatives led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Weather in Latvia to become warmer this week; thaw to settle in

Weather in Latvia will be dictated by an anticyclone at the beginning of the week. Precipitation is only expected in some areas, mostly in the north. The sky will be cloudy for the most part. Still some sun is expected every now and then, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Turkey crosses into Syria to attack Kurdish militia

Turkey's ground forces have entered the territory of neighbouring Syria strengthening Ankara's offensive to push Kurdish militia, considered to be terrorists by Turkey, away from the border.

Week in Lithuania. Fake news on Lithuanian Defence Minister planted on news portal

The Tv3. lt news website was hacked on Thursday, January 18 - a fake news story about Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis was posted claiming that Karoblis allegedly harassed Ridas Jasiulionis, a journalist at the Žinių Radijas radio station, and admitted being gay.

BNN summary of the week: final report on Oligarchs case and ordered attacks on e-health

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Fight; Attack; Growth; Decline; Opinion; and Study.

Economist: the most important reform has to happen in people’s heads

«Of all the clever things taught to us in school about psychology, one thing that has stuck with me over the years is the idea of internal/external control point. There are people who believe they make their own fate. There are also people who believe our fate depends on external powers. I suspect people in Latvia explain successes and failures with external factors much more than people in Switzerland or any other country that has enjoyed its freedom longer than Latvia,» comments Luminor Bank’s economist Pēteris Strautiņš.

Minister promises bigger wages for working people and support for country’s industry

«Latvian Economy Ministry’s priorities for 2018 include increasing wages for working people and providing support to the country’s industry. For Latvia’s centenary year, every resident should have the right to experience the increase of the personal and state welfare,» promises Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Latvenergo: electricity price has declined 30% in the past three years

Average electricity price in Latvia has declined in recent years. The average price of electricity has declined by 30% at Nord Pool exchange between 2014 and 2017, allowing end user costs to decline, says Latvenergo.

Would you be ready to boycott something in your life?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive

Category feed: Feed: