Preisdential aide sees National Agreement as Government’s unilateral pledges to business

PM signs the National Agreement
DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

“Such agreement cannot be titled as a national agreement, it is the Tripartite Council’s agreement including the government’s unilateral commitments to businesses. The commitment not to raise the tax burden for businesses, to enhance the competitive environment and equal rights of private and public health care institutions,” Lingė, senior adviser for domestic policies, told Žinių Radijas news radio on Tuesday morning.

In his words, the agreement is not binding for businesses, as salaries for employees are growing even without the pacts.

“The agreement is not binding for businesses, as increase of salaries is a result of other things, namely, economy, market, lack of labor force and competition. Even without such agreements, we see salaries growing more or less for all,” said the presidential aide.

The government, business representatives and trade unions on Monday signed an agreement, stipulating the government’s pledges to raise salaries, reduce taxes for labor force and promote signing of collective contracts. Furthermore, a separate agreement on salary increase is in the pipeline.

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