Lithuania - Collective agreement for education in dead end - November 30, 2016

The collective agreement for the education sector has been negotiated since June 2015 and social partners, education trade unions and the Ministry of Education and Science, put in a lot of effort to find the best solutions for existing problems in the education sector in the form of provisions of the collective agreement. However, in September 2016, when it came to the approval of the agreement by the government, the Prime Minister questioned those parts of the agreement which were considered ‘costly’ and required some funding, among them increase in teachers’ salaries. Social partners stated that the clauses of the agreement could not be unilaterally changed by the government. So, education trade unions claim that a unilaterally change of any provisions would violate the Labour Code. In that case the unions would consider the possibility of initiating a collective dispute.

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