Lithuanian unions to stage protest action in Vilnius

DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

Around 200 members of several unions are expected to take part in the protest action to be held to mark the International Labour Day and Mother’s Day.

“Wages must at last become a priority for the government. Solidarumas will seek that the government and employers sit down and sign a national agreement on the wage policy,” Kristina Krupavičienė, chairwoman of the Solidarumas trade union, told reporters on Thursday.

The protesters plan to demand that wages be increased for all employees in Lithuania and that pay be tied to companies’ performance results.

The trade unions ask to write into law the requirement that the minimum wage should be equal to 60% of the country’s average pay.

The ruling coalition has agreed to increase the minimum wage to €380 in July, from the current €350.

The trade unions also demand that the government ease the tax burden on labour and increase non-taxable income for working parents.

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