The Lithuanian Supreme Court (LAT) decided on Monday to turn to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) for a preliminary ruling in a case involving temporary agency workers of the Vilnius-based European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
© A.Solomino nuotr.

LAT said in a press release that it is asking CJEU for clarification of certain provisions of the EU's regulation on temporary agency work.

In has been established in the case that Manpower Lit, a temporary employment agency that recruited temporary workers for EIGE, paid them lower salaries than permanent staff. The agency is the plaintiff in the case.

EIGE's temporary workers, the defendants, turned to a labor dispute commission, claiming pay arrears.

The commission ruled that Manpower Lit had discriminated against these workers by paying them lower salaries than they would have received if they had been recruited directly by EIGE, and ordered the payment of six month's pay arrears to the temporary staff.

The decision was upheld by courts of first instance and appeals courts.

LAL suspended the civil proceedings pending the EU court's ruling, according to the press release.

Five temporary workers told the courts they had been paid over 700 euros monthly at EIGE, compared with almost 2,000 euros paid to permanent employees with the same level of education and work experience.

Manpower and EIGE insist they did not violate the European rules that require the same pay for the same work at institutions, because the institute's employees had different functions.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Suspicions brought against Grigeo Klaipeda's three employees over pollution

Suspicions of possible pollution of the Curonian Lagoon have been brought against Grigeo...

Counting its chickens: twice as many foreign start-ups chose Lithuania last year

While competition between start-up ecosystems in Lithuania and other countries is growing rapidly,...

Scientists: circular economy is not only about recycling

Lithuania, like other small open economies in Eastern Europe, is often characterized by linear...

EIB opens regional office in Vilnius

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has today officially inaugurated its regional...

Internet freedom: how Lithuania looks in global perspective

Almost 54 percent of the world’s population (4.1 billion people) uses the internet . It’s our...