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BNN summary of the week: Doctors, teachers up for strike. Deposit system confirmed. Rīgas karte's board gone

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Last week, many professions expressed their readiness to go on strike. Latvian doctors, dissatisfied with what the state has earmarked in the national budget to health care, announced a strike, when all medical staff, except ambulance workers, are called not to go to work.

Latvian teachers threatened once again to hold a strike – if the government will not provide guarantees to the pay rise of the teaching staff, they will be out in the streets in March, 2020.

Low wages are also a concern to Lithuanian firemen, as they are also considering protests. A fireman in Lithuania earns 500 euros after taxes, for a job that includes night shifts. The service has trouble paying wages to the current staff and finds it hard to attract new workers.

And some good news! After almost 20 years of talking, finally, the decision to introduce a deposit system in Latvia has been passed.

The BNN gives you a summary of the key events of the past week, told in news stories of the following topics: A Day Without Doctor, Threats, Deposit, Farewell, New Chief, Pause and Protests.

A DAY WITHOUT DOCTOR:

Latvian doctors to hold protest of A Day Without Doctor

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Latvian doctors, angry about the planned health care funding level for the coming years, are to hold in the time until the adoption of the 2020 state budget a strike A Day Without Doctor, head of the Latvian Doctors’ Association stated.

Ilze Aizsilniece, the president of the Latvian Doctors’ Association, called on all doctors, excluding ambulance medical workers, to ask for a single-day unpaid leave from their jobs.

On the day of the strike, patients would only be provided the ambulance services to demonstrate clearly, what would happen in several years already, if politicians would not change their attitude to the health care sector, said Aizsilniece.

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THREATS:

Teachers in Latvia warn of protest as they seek guarantees to pay rise

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“Teachers” in Latvian

The Council of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) decided that a protest of education workers would take place in March, 2020, if by then guarantees for a planned wage increase would not be received, said LIZDA chair Inga Vanaga.

After a meeting of the LIZDA Council on Thursday, October 24, Vanaga explained that education workers seek to know clear sources of funding for the schedule of a pay rise.

The chairwoman of LIZDA reiterated that Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs (New Unity), Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) and the Saeima speaker have acknowledged their readiness to return in March, 2020, to the discussion of increasing the wages of education workers.

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FAREWELL:

Riga transport ticket company sees its board removed

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In the Latvian capital, the ticket company SIA Rīgas karte has seen whole of its board removed from office in a meeting of shareholders on Wednesday, October 23, LNT television channel reports.

The share holders of the Rīgas karte are the public transport company of the Riga city SIA Rīgas satiksme (51% of shares) and the American technology firm Conduent. The board of the ticket company previously consisted of Jānis Meirāns and Pāvels Tulovskis from the side of Rīgas satiksme, and Eric Morizur from the side of Conduent.

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DEPOSIT:

Decided: Latvia to have packaging deposit system from 2022

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The Latvian Saeima has passed in the final reading draft amendments to The Packaging Law, which set forth introducing a deposit system for the collection of the packaging of beverages.

The Saeima Press service reported that legislators made the final decision on Thursday, October 24. The Latvian deposit system would be launched on February 1, 2022.

Read more here.

New Chief:

Latvia appoints Purgaile as new financial watchdog head

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Santa Purgaile

The Latvian Saeima has confirmed on Wednesday, October 24, as the head of the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK), Santa Purgaile, who is the former board member of the Latvian bank Citadele.

The banking specialist, who has worked extensively also in the Scandinavian-capital bank SEB Banka, was selected as the best in a job competition and has now been confirmed in the post with the support of 55 legislators out of a total of 100. Four MPs voted against her candidacy, while 21 MPs from the opposition party Harmony abstained.

Read more here.

PAUSE:

Latvian real estate cadastre values frozen for two more years

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The Latvian Saeima has passed amendments to the Law on Real Estate Cadastre, which set forth extending the introduction of the new base of cadastre values from 2020 to 2022.

The Latvian parliament adopted the amendments in their final reading on Thursday, October 24.

In the abstract of the Law on Real Estate Cadastre, it is explained that a working group found, when preparing the methodology of the new cadastre evaluation, that for its implementation significant changes to the software of the Real Estate State Cadastre Information System would be needed.

Read more here.

PROTESTS:

Lithuanian firefighters warn of strike over low pay

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Lithuanian firefighters have warned of plans to hold a strike over low funding that makes paying wages and attracting new workers difficult.

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reported on Monday, October 21, fire services are alarmingly short on funds not just to hire more fighters, but even to pay the existing ones. In Klaipėda District, firefighters are not paid overtime and are compensated with days off.

«In December, we will have a shortage of 20,000 euros to pay firefighters’ wages,» says Klaipėda District Fire Service chief Stanislovas Virbauskas. «Even though the salaries are just a tiny bit above the minimum wage.»

Read more here.

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