Latvia -Workers take a stand for working conditions at steel company -August 04, 2015

Several former and current workers at the joint-stock metallurgical company KVV Liepajas metalurgs have sent an open letter to top state officials, to inform them about the complicated situation at the company and calling for a solution. The letter says that the investor chosen for the Liepajas plant was a fatal mistake, and severely criticises the new owner of the plant. Workers emphasise the humiliating situation at the company: ‘People who trusted promises by the company's new owners, quit the jobs they had found after the plant's insolvency and returned to work at the metallurgical plant, have been laid off again’. Workers have earned very little and were laid off on the pretext of failing the period of probation. The remaining workers had their wages cut, social contributions were last made in April, many have been told not to take vacations, and wages are now paid under the table.

English: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/markets_and_companies …  

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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