«It is important that trade unions representatives understand the grounds of decisions adopted. If a decision is not favourable, we will have to explain it really thoroughly,» says the new Saeima Speaker Solvita Āboltiņa, pointing out Saeima is always open for trade unions.
Aboltina believes the previous Saeima cooperation with trade unions was successful and this Parliament term could improve them even more.
She hopes meetings with trade unions will be more regular. «The Parliament and the Saeima Speaker’s doors will always be open for dialogue,» indicates Aboltina.
Latvian Free Trade Union (LFTU) Board Chairman Pēteris Krīgers today, November 5, submitted more than 1 000 postcards addressed to the new Saeima, full of wishes for the new members of Parliament and also explanations of key priorities, reports the agency LETA.
Aboltina pledges to exhibit the postcards at Saeima Visitors Center, so that everyone could see them.
Krigers says these postcards are very «true in nature» without any elaborations. Many of them are constructive, relating to the state budget, organization, number of ministries, remuneration and other issues.
LFTU leader admits collaboration with the previous Saeima Speaker was not bad, as they could involve in discussions and work of the commissions.
«Social dialogue and the society’s involvement in decision making will be decisive for the 10th Saeima sustainability and people’s trust in them. The Union undertakes to monitor the Saeima members performance of pre-election promises,» says Krigers.
LFTU sets the minimal wage, untaxed minimum increase and the progressive tax system introduction as key priorities of the new Saeima.
LFTU reminds both of the political parties forming the new government gave particular promises to them before the elections. An agreement with the Greens and Farmers Union (Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība) provides maintaining the same reduced VAT rates and decreasing tax burden for people with low income by introducing the progressive personal income tax for salaries starting from 1 000 lats a month. While memorandum of understanding with Unity (Vienotība) sets the necessity of developing a new conception for the minimal wage rise, determinately approaching it to the level of EU states, as well as to increase the untaxed minimum up to the subsistence level.
«The society has demonstrated its trust in these two political forces. 2011 budget forming gives a chance to show they are fulfilling their pre-election pledges,» reveals Krigers.