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Wednesday 23.08.2017 | Name days: Valgudis, Ralfs, Vitālijs

Latvian builders are requested Turkish

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73 job vacancies have been announced in construction work of Riga TEC-2 power units. In order to meet all of the requirements, also good Turkish skills are necessary.

The Turkish company Gama (Gama Guc Sistemleri ve Muhendislik Taahhut AS), which this spring won the Latvian state-owned a/s Latvenergo competition on the renovation of station power units, plans to start reconstruction work soon and it has become Riga TEC – 2 general contractor, according to Latvijas Avīze.

The fact that last Friday Gama registered 73 job vacancies in State Employment Agency (SEA) in the branch of Riga also testifies for the fact.

Different levels of specialists are necessary for the reconstruction work. Requirements include second level of higher education, work experience, and shockingly enough – also the Turkish language skills. The company asks for Turkish skills, in order the worker would be able to communicate with the chief restorer. According to the laws of Latvia, if in a month’s time there are no applicants for the positions announced, the company is allowed to search for employees in the third countries, which, in this case, would mean in Turkey, informs the representative of SEA Laimdota Kusnere (Laimdota Kušnere).

Gama marketing manager Fatih Haraci does not comment the situation, emphasizing that the company may hire only some engineers from Latvia, the rest would be specialists from Turkey.

The Latvian Builders Association (LBA) president Viktors Purins (Viktors Puriņš) considers the situation as absurd, stating that it is not acceptable that specialists from Latvia are requested to know Turkish. There are many specialists in Latvia; however, it is unlikely that they know the Turkish Language, he indicated.

This situation is not normal, because the costs of guest workers in construction would be much higher because they have to be paid travel allowances. Purins also added that construction documents are to be compiled in the Latvian language, yet Turkish experts will not be able to do it.

Currently the solving of the problem has been passed to the Ministry of Economics, which is the holder of Latvenergo state capital. The discriminating situation will be resolved in the near future, promises the the advisor of the Minister for Economics Klāvs Olsteins (Klāvs Olšteins).


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