Lithuania - Unions join in protest over austerity measures - March 22, 2011

The four main Lithuanian trade union centres – the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation, the Lithuanian Labour Federation, the Lithuanian Trade Union „Solidarumas“ and the Lithuanian Journalists’ Union – organized a national demonstration in Vilnius on 19 March calling for a higher minimum wage, more progressive taxes, and increases to pensions. In the meeting union leaders encouraged the government to increase the monthly minimum wage up to LTL 1,000 (about € 290), referring to the higher statutory minimum wage in Latvia; the current minimum wage in Lithuania is LTL 800 (about € 232). Over 2,500 people joined the march including a delegation of 50 from the Lithuanian Energy Workers’ Trade Union Federation.



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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