Latviski English По-русски
Monday 30.03.2020 | Name days: Nanija, Ilgmārs, Igmārs

Employees of many businesses in Ventspils are not paid wages because of Lembergs

(No Ratings Yet)

Aivars Lembergs, sanctions, OFAC, Ventspils Freeport, Baltic Express, BATL, wages, banksCurrently there is a high risk of wages being delayed for many employees of companies that work at Ventspils port because banks, having no desire to study the situation with application of sanctions against Aivars Lembergs, have closed accounts of several companies to avoid the risk zone of being associated with Lembergs. Because of this policy, employees of those companies are likely to suffer the most, according to heads of trade unions of transit-related companies, who urge the government to speed up the situation’s resolution, as written by

As previously noted by Juris Juriss, the prosecutor in charge of the criminal case against Aivars Lembergs, the accused is the beneficial owner in a number of companies and his status is registered in Latvia’s Register of Enterprises. But this does not mean he controls assets and companies. The shares of those companies have not been in Lembergs hands since 2007, because ownership of them has been delegated to an official picked by the office of the prosecutor for the duration of the investigation of Aivars Lembergs criminal case.

However, banks do not take these arguments or documents submitted to them seriously, and instead have blocked multiple accounts used to pay wages to employees. Direct employees are paid wages, yes, but if a larger company finances a smaller one, neither the smaller companies nor their employees are paid money because of the banks’ policy on sanctions against Lembergs, explains.

Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics board member Ivars Landmanis says the government needs to resolve this situation very quickly, because otherwise there are serious risks for families of more than 1 000 people employed in the transit sector ending up in a hopeless situation. «We have turned to government representatives with a request to provide a clear explanation to the US Department of the Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) that Aivars Lembergs does not have and has not had any influence over those companies for more than a dozen years. We have also stated that this situation further escalates the problems in Latvia’s transit industry. Without a doubt, the government needs to act as quickly as possible to resolve this situation.»

«Like with the removal of sanctions from Ventspils Freeport, the government should act as quickly with the explanation that sanctions should not be applied to companies in which Lembergs had lost control and influence rights 12 years ago. Employees of these companies life from salary to salary; they have to pay for utilities, pay for kindergarten, and pay back loans, as well as have money to get by,» says AS Baltic Express trade union’s head Linards Gulbis.

«They cannot afford to wait while someone in the long corridors finally notices the problem.»

Olivers Kronbergs, chairman of Ventspils Commercial Port’s employees trade union, stresses that the future is put at risk with such a slow-down of economic operations. The workers are the ones who will suffer the most from this. «Both the government and the Finance and Capital Market Commission have said people employed in companies should not suffer from sanctions applied against Aivars Lembergs. But reality is different. Closed bank accounts have paralysed operations, and our employees are the ones who will suffer from it the most.»

Gulbis’ opinion is harsher: «The same banks because of which it is not possible to pay wages to employees, are not shy to ask from the same people 0.5% interest for every day of missed loan repayments, and they are not at all interested why residents are unable to pay up. As a result, we might end up in a situation when many people will have to consider the future of their future because of sanctions. Leave, look for a new home, or put faith in the country’s ability to protect them, objectively assess the situation and prevent the suffering of others because of one person.»

Gulbis told that trade unions of companies working at Ventspils port will soon turn to the government with a request to resolve the situation.

«If Lembergs’ family, which has declared cash savings of EUR 150 000, is not shy to announce being unable to purchase food or pay for water, what can the people who have no savings and who have to pay for their children’s school lunches can say about their ability to pay bills and feed their family?» asks Gulbis. wants to ask the government the question that perhaps it is time to step in to prevent other people from suffering from consequences of sanctions applied to one person.

Leave a reply

  1. Ventspilnieks says:

    Its not because of Lbergs its because of our stupid goverment. They just wanted the port under their tumb to steal more money as always. They just used Lemberg as a tool to do so.

  2. Failed state says:

    Funny that many people think it is the right thing to do because of the media. Even state media is rigged. Sas sad country. Sorry Lithuania and Estonia you live next to morons.

Latvian government imposes new restrictions on public gatherings

A new restriction imposed by the Latvian government states that no more than two people are allowed to gather in a room of a public place. This restriction will not extend to people living in the same household, parents and their children, as well as persons performing duties associated with their profession.

Round timber price decline observed in Latvia in first half-year of 2019

Compared to the 1st half of 2019, the average purchase prices both of coniferous round timber and of deciduous trees fell in the 2nd half of 2019. The largest drop was recorded in the prices of black alder sawlogs in diameter 18–24 cm, while the smallest decline was observed in the prices of asp sawlogs in diameter 18–24 cm.

Detachment to grow harder, important to maintain routine, says Estonian psychologist

A psychologist in Estonia, where an emergency situation has been in place for ten days amid a COVID-19 outbreak, has evaluated that it will become harder to live in isolation and suggested having a daily routine, ERR reports.

KPV LV picks Nemiro as vice-chairman despite reputation problems

Ralfs Nemiro and Ēriks Pucens were picked as KPV LV political party chairman Atis Zakatistovs deputies during the first online meeting of the newly-elected management board, as reported by the party.

Why does Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister want the football federation president’s post?

Although Latvian Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens should be putting all effort into his direct duties and measures to limit COVID-19, he, in spite of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s objections, he still intends to run for the post of president of Latvian Football Federation.

Latest COVID-19 data for Baltics. 376 in Latvia, 484 in Lithuania, 715 in Estonia

The number of COVID-19 infection cases in Latvia has reached 376, which is the lowest number of infections among Baltic States. Lithuanian media, meanwhile, report 484 infections. 44 of the infected people are medical workers.

Rīgas satiksme cancels most discounts for the duration of state of emergency

On 27 March Riga City Council’s interim administration decided to cancel most of the discounts offered to residents in public transport to reduce passenger flow and limit the spread of COVID-19, as reported by the city council.

In Spain, 838 people die from COVID-19 one day

In Spain, in one day to Sunday, March 29, 838 people have died from health problems related to COVID-19. Meanwhile, in Italy, for the second consecutive day, the number of lethal cases dropped.

COVID-19 confirmed for Stradins Hospital surgeon

Infection with COVID-19 coronavirus has been confirmed for a surgeon working at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, as reported by LTV programme Panorāma.

airBaltic to recover pre-crisis operation volumes in 2021, if not sooner

Latvia’s national airline airBaltic may recover its pre-crisis operation volumes in 2021, if not sooner, says airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss.

Russia closes land border; trucks exempt from ban

Russia is closing from Monday, March 30, its borders in a measure to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, but cargo trucks will be allowed to cross the border, Russian state news agency TASS reports.

Covid-19 update in Baltics. 347 in Latvia, 437 in Lithuania, 679 in Estonia

The number of Covid-19 infection cases in Latvia has reached 347, which is the lowest number of infections among Baltic States. Lithuanian media, meanwhile, report 437 infections.

Week in Lithuania: 5th person succumbs to COVID-19, court postpones January 13 case hearing, new ambassadors appointed

Last week, in Lithuania, the President urged EU leaders to be tougher on COVID-19 after the fifth person in Lithuania died from COVID-19. In other news, Senukai retail chain was cleared by Competition watchdog and a court postponed the hearing of the January 13 case.

BNN summary of the week: Muižnieks reinstated as rector. Friendly fuel prices

BNN gives you a summary of the key events of the past week, told in news stories of the following topics: State of Emergency, Post, Outlook, Solutions, Opinion and Price decline.

1 500 people have returned to Latvia since the beginning of state of emergency

After 27 March, no repatriation flights are planned for Latvian citizens unless it is an emergency, as confirmed by Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s press-secretary Jānis Beķeris.

Covid-19 infection confirmed for a doctor of Rēzekne Hospital

Covid-19 infection has been confirmed for a doctor of Rēzekne Hospital, as reported by Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre. The centre received this information on Thursday, 26 March. SPKC notes the infected doctor has been provided with recommendations for preventive measures.

Europol warns about rapid crime rate increase during coronavirus pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic there has been an increase with crime rates, as criminals and criminal organizations quickly adapt their methods, as reported by Europol on Friday, 27 March.

Experts explain | don’t buy into internet offers of slimming pills – they don’t exist!

The healthy lifestyle cult has become more popular in recent years. This tendency has opened the way for greedy snake oil salesmen to get rich at the expense of people who want to become slim, especially now, when residents stay home and want to stay in good shape without exercising.

Estonia orders protective equipment from China for 10 million euros

Estonia has ordered from a company in China antiviral protection and medial equipment worth more than 10 million euros. Tallinn explained supplies could not be ordered in Europe right now, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported.

Electricity price reduces for households in Latvia

From Q4 2019 onward the price of electricity has reduced, according to the latest market data from the Public Utilities Commission. Prices benefit from warm weather and recovery of water reserves, which allows increasing the power production output at hydroelectric power stations.

Latest Covid-19 data for Baltics. 280 in Latvia, 344 in Lithuania, 575 in Estonia

The number of Covid-19 infection cases in Latvia has reached 280, which means this country has the lowest number of infection cases among the three Baltic States. Lithuanian media report 344 infection cases.

BNN asks | expert speaks about the «panic» over coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

I would like to explain to readers that the word panic may not be the best description for the general mood that has increased in many parts of the world, including Latvia, in the past several weeks because of the new coronavirus.

EU states agree to overcome virus outbreak and economic crisis together

The EU heads of member states and governments have agreed in a distance meeting to fight the virus outbreak in the territory of the bloc with joint efforts, ensuring the supply of medical equipment and funding the development of a vaccine, the EU European Council sated in a press release.

Workers from all industries eligible for idleness benefits in Latvia

After meeting certain criteria, workers from companies working in all industries will become eligible for idleness benefits, as provided by Latvian Cabinet of Ministers supported rules developed by Economy Ministry for support of companies affected by Covid-19.

US surpasses China with largest number of coronavirus infections

In the US, the world’s largest number of confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus has been registered, surpassing the official data of China, American news agency Associated Press reports.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!