Labour minister says president is wrong about Labour Code

Algimanta Pabedinskienė
DELFI / Domantas Pipas

“My position has always been that it was as well-balanced as possible, but we should not consider the Labour Code separately (from other laws),” she told reporters on Friday.

“Things are not perfect and can always be negotiated. It (the code) in its current form starts to function and we will monitor how it works,” the minister said.

“Employers are perhaps unhappy about one article and employers are unhappy about another article,” she added.

An advisor to President Grybauskaitė said on Thursday that the new Labour Code failed to strike the proper balance between the interests of employers and those of employees and a balance would have to be sought.

Lina Antanavičienė said that over 20 organizations, as well as private individuals, had asked the president to veto some of the provisions of the new Labour Code.

The parliament adopted the new Labour Code last Tuesday after half a year of discussions. If the president sings it into law, the code will take effect in early 2017.

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