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Krigers: people and industries don’t have to suffer from budget cuts

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The chairman of Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia Peteris Krigers

The chairman of Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS) Peteris Krigers (Pēteris Krīgers) considers that 300 to 400 million lats have to be saved and cut so that, as a result, neither people, nor specific sectors would have to suffer.

Krigers told the LNT show 900 seconds that «financial resources have to be cut in domains where it would be less painful for people and specific sectors. As well as, in other sectors where the same results can be achieved and the state’s development would not be influenced. »

At the same time he also said that any decision concerning working people, pensioners, mothers, the reduction of resources or tariff rise is a very serious matter. « It will have a negative impact on inhabitants, because they are reckoning with future, with what will be their level of welfare, but, instead, they will receive something different, » says Krigers, adding that, in his opinion, the persons that are currently in charge of deciding country’s development course, will remain the same. «The basic tendencies will also stay the same; therefore, we need to work more seriously so that we do not do one thing with one hand, and completely opposite thing with the other. »

The Director General of Employers’ Confederation of Latvia Elina Egle also is of the opinion that public expenditure cuts should be done more considerately.

«Economics has its own life, and tries to accommodate to the changes. The recession is over, but the question – how fast we will recover from crisis – remains. Therefore, I wish that the government would not lose itself in trivia, » states Egle, adding that Latvia’s Parliament had a relatively good start, and has done more than the government.

However, Krigers does not agree with this view. He points out that the current Parliament was a sufficiently big mistake. He also notes that, as concerns country’s recovering from the crisis, his mood is not as optimistic as Egle’s. «Mrs Egle believes that we could come out of the crisis within four years, while I think it would take much longer. If we want to recover within four years time, our thinking style has to change significantly, and so does the government’s work. »


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