Posts tagged as workers

Lithuania launches mandatory COVID-19 tests for some workers

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday approved regular mandatory COVID-19 testing for some workers and anyone refusing to be tested must work remotely or be suspended without pay. Coronavirus cases in the Baltic country have climbed this week and the first infections of the variant that emerged in South Africa were detected on Tuesday. A government medical advisor told reporters the rate of infections is likely to double by April due to…

Fewer guest workers, more complaints in Latvia

Monday, November 23, 2020

Due to the pandemic, fewer guest workers are coming to Latvia, but complaints about work conditions are increasing, Latvian Radio reported November 23. Manipulation, non-payment of wages and excessive employment are the main complaints received by the State Labor Inspectorate from guest workers. Guest workers arrive in Latvia in three ways. First, if the employer invites a guest worker and they receive a residence permit for the Office of Citizenship and Migration with…

Estonia: Increase in workers leaving on employer’s initiative in second quarter

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

In the second quarter, 39,540 persons were hired and 50,184 persons left work, data from Statistics Estonia shows. Every fourth person left on the employer’s initiative. In the second quarter of 2020 – April, May and June – there were 8,088 vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia. Compared to the second quarter of 2019, the number decreased by 28 percent. The total number of vacant and occupied…

Lithuania hopes cross-border workers in Latvia will be exempt from isolation

Friday, September 4, 2020

As Latvia plans to introduce mandatory self-isolation for people coming from Lithuania, Lithuanian Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė hopes to agree an exceptions for people going to Latvia for work. “We will ask for these exceptions that we now have with Poland. We have an exception for people going for work or agriculture-related reasons as we have [cross-]border farmers,” Tamašunienė told reporters on Thursday. “I also believe we will manage to…

Guest workers not a COVID-19 threat, says epidemiologist

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SPKC) said July 29 they do not believe guest workers in Latvia would significantly increase risk of COVID-19 spread, Latvian Radio reported. In response to the fact that  five guest workers   from Uzbekistan were infected with COVID-19, the government decided on Tuesday to  impose stricter controls   on guest workers: they will have to carry out two tests. However, the Center for…

Pandemic bares exploitation of migrant workers. Baltics are also to blame

Monday, June 22, 2020

With walls going up across Europe, migrant labour from the East became crucial to food security and international supply chains. Yet, workers have once again faced exploitation, and this time, Western Europe is not the only culprit, writes Jokūbas Sąlyga, a lecturer at UK’s Nottingham Trent University. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region.  Lockdowns across Europe have revealed an acute shortage of agricultural…

Retail workers hit hardest by quarantine in Lithuania

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Unemployment has risen by 1.5 percentage points since March 16, the country’s Užimtumo Tarnyba (Employment Services) said on Tuesday. The rate rose by 0.5 percent during the fourth quarantine week in Lithuania. A total of 185,600 people were registered as unemployed on April 13. Almost every fourth person who became unemployed during the quarantine worked in retail and every fifth in the manufacturing sector. Meanwhile, employers registered 1,600 vacancies last…

Foreigners coming to Lithuania should be better informed about working conditions

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Ukrainians coming to Lithuania to work should be better informed about working conditions after Lithuania and Ukraine ratified an agreement on employments conditions, Egle Samoskaite, an adviser to Lithuanian Minister of Social Security and Labor, says. “When employing a Ukrainian citizen in Lithuania, employment contracts will have to include information on the payment conditions, functions, working place, work duration, the expiry of the contract and the procedure of its termination,…

Striking Turkish workers should take up wages issue in Turkey, company lawyer says

Friday, January 3, 2020

A lawyer representing the Turkish construction company in dispute over unpaid wages with its workers has insisted that the issue cannot be resolved in Kaunas, where the company is building a stadium, but should be taken up back in Turkey. Fifty-three workers of the company have recently called a hunger strike in Kaunas, saying Kayi Construction owes them between 7,000 and 12,000 each in unpaid wages. “Under the Lithuanian contracts,…

Nearly 400 corruption crimes registered in 2018 in Estonia

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Altogether 378 corruption crimes were registered in Estonia in 2018, the largest number of which occurred in the state sector, the Ministry of Justice said. Last year, the biggest number of corruption crimes were found in the state sector, followed by the private sector and local governments, Ministry of Justice spokesperson Maria-Elisa Tuulik told BNS. According to the ministry, over half of the local government incidents were related to bribes…