PM wants to pass new Labour Code now and amend it later

Algirdas Butkevičius
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

The Lithuanian prime minister says he will seek to have the new Labour Code ratified by the end of the current parliamentary term and make all the necessary corrections later on.

The president vetoed the law in June, saying the new Code, whose stated purpose is to liberalize relations between employers and employees, did not do enough to protect workers’ rights.

“The prime minister has not announced his position on the [President’s] veto. He has said that every Seimas member mandate is free in voting either for or against the President’s veto. The Prime Minister is currently interested in concluding the reform. It has been agreed that the Labour Code, in one fort or another, has to finally come into effect from 2017 and it absolutely has to be ratified by the current Seimas,” said the Prime Minister’s Representative Mindaugas Janulionis after a meeting with trade union leaders.

Meanwhile the chairman of the Lithuanian Trade Unions Confederation, Artūras Černiauskas, stated on Wednesday that the trade unions supported the President’s veto and believed that the Labour Code should include the changes she proposed.

Meanwhile employers’ organisations have called for the president’s veto to be rejected.


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