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LIDA: work time arrangements should not negatively affect employees’ wages

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast week’s meeting of Latvian Interior Employees Trade Union addressed the matter on changes to State Police work time organizational order and the switch from the 24-hour regime to a 12-hour one. LIDA notes that change of work time arrangements must not negatively affect the health and wages of workers.

Starting from 1 September 2017, work time organization will change in two structures of Latvian State Police – General Police Department’s Special Object Security Guard and State Police Operational Management Unit. Officials working there will be switched from 24-hour regime to a 12-hour one.

LIDA chairman Augustans says: «The goal we should achieve in work organization, is finding balance between health, the employee’s development opportunities in a professional and personal sense, wages and efficiency of State Police as a whole.»

He continues: «The trade union has no right to meddle in the organization of work. Still, it has the right to point employers’ attention towards aspects that should be taken into account to better respect employees’ interests – the right to work, the right for fair, safe and healthy environment, as well as fair pay. Respectively – it is not about the organization of work time, but rather work conditions and appropriate pay for completed work.»

The trade union believes it is the duty of State Police to improve stability and organize internal processes in a way for officials employed in different structural units to work under equal and fair environment. Unequal treatment only serves to create a negative internal micro-climate and force workers to transition from one service to another in the search for favourable work conditions.

It is also the duty of State police to secure work organization and conditions to assist employees with completing their work. Without providing appropriate work conditions, State Police officers are subjected to exhaustion, stress, psychological pressure. All this results in poor health quality, and even discipline violations.

Augustans adds: «A situation when employees are unjustly subjected to conditions under which they can be penalized, dismissed, demoted or subjected to stress is unacceptable. The institutions should do everything in its power to prevent such situations.»

The biggest concerns with the switch from 24-hour regime to a 12-hour one are associated with possible changes with police officers’ income, which could potentially decline.

State Police Chief Ints Kuzis mentioned at the meeting that he intends to do everything in his power to ensure workers are not impacted by those changes.

«It is good that State Police is prepared to resolve these matters. We also hope the trade unions previous proposals will be taken into consideration and realized where possible,» said Augustans.

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