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Paulins steps down from his post in Latvijas Radio; criticizes NEPLP for lack of professionalism

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAldis Paulins, Chairman of the board in Latvijas Radio, has announced his decision to step down from his post in March.

Paulins comments: «In conditions when members of the National Electronic Mass Media Council actively report false information about Latvijas Radio and its management board, the council demonstrates its lack of interest and readiness to resolve the situation when certain board members do not fulfil their duties accordingly.»

He adds that NEPLP actively interferes in matters handled by the management board of LR. At the same time, according to him, NEPLP does not pay attention to its own duties and regulations that govern it. «This also applies to matters related to the state medium-term budget planning, which creates serious risks for the realization of objectives and strategic directions. Because of all that, I see no point in continuing my duties as chairman,» Paulins comments.

LR will continue working at its normal pace until NEPLP makes decisions in this matter.

As previously reported, LR employees plan to organize protests because of low wages and work performed by the management if they fail to reach an agreement on better conditions peacefully. Mudite Paegle, chairperson of LR trade union, said that employees want to ensure the budget is increased and the management board fulfills its promise to increase wages.

According to Paegle, the majority of LR employees are dissatisfied with low wages. In 2008, employees agreed to have their wages reduced by 12% because of the economic crisis. Some employees even agreed to work a month for free to support LR and make sure the company does not go bankrupt. Wages remain reduced for many employees to this day and those people are rather offended because of that.

LR employees are also dissatisfied with the system under which they are paid for their work, as this system does not ensure appropriate wages for different posts, qualifications and other factors under which some employees are paid bonuses and other are not.

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