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Protests outside Lithuania's government buildings
Protests outside Lithuania's government buildings
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Protesters dissatisfied with Lithuania's new labour code gathered at the door of the government on Monday but were greeted by a platoon of police officers who cordoned off the buildings with tape.

“Prime minister, come out, the labour code has been bought by business,” said members of the protest through a microphone.

A few Social Democrats gathered close by - Vilnius Vice-Mayor Gintautas Paluckas, Justice Minister‘s spokesman Sergei Tichomirovas, Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs Justas Pankauskas.

“We came back to publicly express dissatisfaction, to encourage people to hear what happened with the new labour code, and to confront it, otherwise the employees will be completely deprived of all of their rights,” said one of the protest leaders, student Benediktas.

The head of Lithuanian Union of Journalists Dainius Radzevičius said that the working relationship in the media has been liberalized for a long time but did not bring the desired effect.

“The number of workplaces has only decreased, professionals emigrated abroad or to other sectors. Not only copyright agreements, but also business certificates, fixed-term contracts, part-time posts have become common. Investment from abroad did not come. And now, the same pattern is transferred to the entire labour market where people are not so bold as journalists,” said Radzevičius.

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