Lithuania - Long debated labour reform adopted - September 30, 2016

The long debated labour reform passed the parliament, overruling the veto of the country's president. The reform foresees longer working hours and fewer vacation days for employees as well as shorter notice periods. Employers have called the criticism of the new laws that are to come into effect in 2017 completely disproportionate. Workers and their unions, as well as many young workers have been protesting the changes and claim that the legislation will not improve the situation of workers and young people. They see the changes all as more flexibility for the employer and less security and weaker protection for workers. The most critical stand comes from an article that has been published in ‘open access’ on the website of the journal Critical Discourse Studies.

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