Lithuania's labour unions to hold rally in Vilnius in protest of labour code reform
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
On Thursday, 10 September, Lithuania's trade unions are organising the largest rally since the 2008 financial crisis. The event is to take place outside the Lithuanian Parliament in Vilnius. Approximately 2,000 people will protest against the planned labour code reforms, the so-called new social model.
Lithuania is often described as a country where potential investors are put off by a tax system inherited from the Soviet times and inflexible labour code. Still, the new social model, currently in the works and promised to provide more flexible employer-employee relations, have received a fair deal of criticism.
The government’s decision to increase the minimum monthly wage by 25 euros to 325 euros in July and hints about its potential hike to 350 euros in January may be a retribution for the so-called social model, which includes amendments to the Labour Code, an analyst has said.
The Lithuanian government on Tuesday endorsed a new social model aimed at liberalizing labour relations and revamping the Sodra pension system. The package of draft laws will soon be sent to the parliament for approval.
Lithuania's parliament will probably run out of time in the spring session to discuss the new social model involving a series of controversial proposals for more flexible labour relations, Parliamentary Speaker Loreta Graužinienė said on Wednesday.
The image of the controversial candidate to Seimas in the Vilnius Naujoji Vilnia district Algirdas Paleckis, who cannot boast any big income, is fairly paradoxical. He has received considerable sums from what is suspected to be the unemployed and pensioners, lives in a house on Laurai street, while a half million litas loan mysteriously up and vanished following some scandalous rhetoric from Paleckis, who had no income to cover the loan himself.
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