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Court employees demand equality principle in salary determination or they will strike

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More than 20 Latvia’s District (City) courts and the Land Register Department employees have filed letters to high-level officials – the President Valdis Zatlers, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and the Justice Minister Aigars Štokenbergs, requiring to prevent inobservance of legal norms and principles and ensure the equality principle in remuneration.

They have called for the public officials to submit specific and constructive solutions and proposals by March 1, 2011, stating if the letter is ignored and the requests are not reviewed and discharged, several judicial workers will gather and hold a strike; thus, demonstrating their views on unequal treatment in the determination of court employees’ wages.

In case of a strike, negative consequences are expected – proceedings will be put on hold, paralyzing the entire judicial system, and the court employees do not want this to happen, according to the judicial workers letters.

32 Riga City Central District Court employees turned to the high-level public officials, noting they are aware of the state’s economic situation and they know the state budget possibilities. Therefore, the aim of the letter is not a direct salary increase or bonus, but the state and local government institution officials and employees’ Compensation Law equal enforcement and application in all budget institutions.

The court employees also seek to attain the application of the Labour Law in relation to the unpaid workers’ shifts on weekends and holidays, and to receive social guarantees and health insurance.

It was indicated the judicial workers had received an informative e-mail on December 30, 2010 from the Court Administration that their salary will be increased by 20 lats starting from January 1, 2011. In the court employees’ view, the wage increase of 20 lats is disproportionately low and 2011 remuneration does not comply with the value of the judicial workers’ profession – the level of responsibility and complexity. Moreover, it does not meet with the regulations stipulated in the normative acts.

The court employees point out they are only formally included in the single remuneration system, yet the Remuneration Law is not applied to judicial workers’ wage determination, because up to date, their monthly salary was fixed according to the post, without considering particular employee’s personal qualifications and skills.


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  1. Lily says:

    I believe their salaries are quite high already!

  2. Litas says:

    They are already paid much more than other public sector workers.

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