Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that a trilateral pay rise agreement between the government, employers and trade unions is a good intention that cannot be put into practice as the state cannot force privately-owned businesses to commit themselves to raising wages.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
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"The intention is good in principle, because our wages are still the lowest in the reason. Is it possible to force privately-owned businesses, through agreements and nice declarations, to implement a pay rise? No, it isn't. There are no instruments for the implementation of such an agreement," she told reporters on Thursday.

Some members of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) political group in the Seimas said on Thursday that if a trilateral agreement on pay rise and other voluntary social commitments is not signed, the new Labor Code may fail to muster enough votes to be passed by the parliament.

The president says that all employee protection mechanisms should be reflected in the new Labor Code and that agreements reached in the Tripartite Council are significant.

The government approved on Wednesday the Tripartite Council-approved amendments to the Labor Code and is submitting the documents to the Seimas for consideration.

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