Retailers and trade unions tentatively agree to large retail chains being closed on two days a year, on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, but there are no discussions about not working on other Sundays, Social Security and Labor Minister Linas Kukuraitis said on Monday.
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

"As to closing on Christmas and Easter days, retail chains say that they accept this proposal and invite trade unions to agree on this through a collective agreement," the minister told reporters after a meeting with representatives of retailers and trade unions.

"Sundays remain an open issue, at least for now," he added. "The ministry supports a social dialog. We call for starting from minimum and then increasing the number of closing days, both on other holidays and on Sundays."

Laurynas Vilimas, head of the Association of Lithuanian Trade Companies, told reporters that the agreement should cover all retailers, not only large chains.

He added that the association's members agree in principle to the proposal to keep stores closed for two days a year, but they do not want that list to be expanded in the future.

Meanwhile, Aleksandras Posochovas, head of the Lithuanian Service Workers Trade Union, said that retail chains should be closed on all holidays.

"We want all holidays and at least one Sunday in a month," he told reporters.

The Seimas in late June started debates on an amendment to the Labor Code that calls for closing retail stores on holidays and on the last Sunday of each month starting next year.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said last week that there were plans to reduce the impact of major retail chains on the market and possibly restrict their opening hours on weekends in an effort to boost competition and curb the rise in prices for products and services.

All Norfa and Lidl stores in Lithuania were closed on this year's Easter Sunday. Maxima closed some of its stores and reduced the opening hours of others. Rimi and Iki stores operated as usual. All Lidl stores were closed on last Christmas Day and on the New Year's Day, and Maxima stores were either closed or opened for fewer hours than usual.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Baltic States seek a single regional assessment

Ministers of finance of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the European Commission and NASDAQ appealed...

LMT presents three digital service innovations at Baltic Mobile Congress

LMT (Latvian Mobile Telephone) is the telecommunications market leader in Latvia and a digital service...

CERN is considering the possibility of establishing business incubation centre

Last week, CERN delegation paid a visit to Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Santaka Valley. The...

Israeli cloud services integrator chooses Vilnius for European base

TeraSky, a leading Israeli cloud solutions integrator, has just announced the opening of its European...

The popular French fashion brand „Gémo“ enters the Baltic States: first store in Lithuania – in 2019

The popular French fashion brand „Gémo“ entered the Baltic States - the first regional store was...