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Latvian president asked to announce amendments to Labour Law

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSeveral construction, accommodation and security organizations have sent an open letter to President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, asking him to announce amendments to the Labour Law which were approved by the Saeima 1 November.

This letter mentions that approval of amendments is vital to ensure wider opportunities in signing cross-sectoral agreements and secure more trust from the state towards social dialogue, as reported by Latvian Building Contractors Partnership’s public relations specialist Anete Ugaine.

She says that by condemning Latvian ombudsman’s invitation to the state president to return the legislative draft for a second viewing to the Saeima, social organizations stress that the law was supported by not only organizations representing employers and employees, but the Cabinet of Ministers as well. The involved sides provided economic and legal justifications to back proposed benefits for society and the compliance with the country’s Constitution.

Social organizations remind that the minimal wage in Latvia is one of the lowest in Europe. On top of that, social organizations remind that the amount in certain sectors is inadequate. As a result of this, employees suffer. This also creates a major grey economy risk and unfair competition. This can be explained with the tendency historically established in Latvia – creating universal rules for all industries, Ugaine notes.

The representative of Latvian Building Contractors Partnership stresses that the construction industry is the first to find common ground on important matters and sign a general agreement. The general agreement provides for increasing minimal wages in the industry from the state established EUR 439 to EUR 780 a month. This would help ensure fair wages for 60,000 people working in the industry and better social guarantees. Other sectors, including accommodation and security sectors, have commenced talks regarding the signing of a general agreement to raise minimal wages and create a fairer business environment.

At the same time, the president was told that bonus for overtime would no longer be lower than 50% of the set monthly wage. On top of that, trade unions have said multiple times that working overtime can only be considered an exception, rather than the rule. This is why a general agreement was signed as part of the law. This agreement not only provides additional clarity on benefits for employees, but also complies with international practices in regards to remuneration of overtime and motivates employees to pay more attention to their employees work scheduling.


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