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State Employment Agency slams unwillingness to work

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There is no such thing as long-term unemployment in regions with developed industry. There is only unwillingness to work, says  Baiba Pasevica, the former director of the Latvian State Employment Agency (SEA).

The SEA specialists stress that despite the fact that the country faces a jobless rate of 11.8%, it is difficult for businesses to find people who are really willing to work.

Instead of employment specialists, it is social workers, doctors and psychologists who should help permanently unemployed people get back on track, Pasevica told the newspaper Diena.

There are districts in Latvia where people are desperate to get at least some work, while some regions are not ready to work for the minimum wage. Many people have registered as unemployed to get social benefits. There are also those one cannot rely on, for example, people suffering from alcohol addiction. And there are also those who do not want low-skill jobs.

Pasevica believes that often people do not want to work, because they are either used to benefits or have some illegal income – envelope wages.

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  1. andrej says:

    total bullshit again, Im sure that this guy Pasevica would not work for 180Lats per month (what I earn) for a 52 hour week? This countries government is the most corrupt in Europe. Rent, heating, food all on the increase….as for peoples wages well, simply what wages! I can’t wait to leave this country! off to the UK in 2 weeks time, with my wife and baby, I already have a job there as an electrician that pays 10 times what I earn here and with less hours. Give me one good reason I should stay in Latvia Pasevica?

  2. Pometa says:

    I agee with you .As myself I work in France as a skilled worker in a factory and I earn 2000 euros net a month. Then for 35 hours a week so it makes no sense to stay in this place.

  3. Maedhros says:

    Please Baiba, go work for the minimum wage, which will cover only your housing expenses (provided that you do not rent the flat, of course).

    I’m sure that Latvian people then will follow your example.

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