Latvia -Fighting back union-busting -September 21, 2012

Attempts to intimidate members of the Liepaja Port Staff Professional Organisation were successfully neutralised. Port managers had made accusations of theft against workers after attempts failed to breach the union’s collective agreement by manipulating wages. The union disputed all the allegations. Appeal to the court with support from the Water Transport Unions’ Federation of Latvia led to seven rejected applications from the employer to dismiss workers. 



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