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A long-waited precedent in Lithuania

Published: Thursday, 06 May 2021

For the first time in Lithuania, an interference in trade union activities was punished by the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania. A prosecutor’s office directed the case to a court and both – a court of the first instance and a court of appeal – adopted a decision in favour of a trade union.

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European citizens Right2Cure campaign: please sign the petition!

Published: Tuesday, 13 April 2021

All people across the world need the chance to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if we are to leave the pandemic behind us. However, the current distribution of vaccines is contributing to big differences between countries and reinforcing health inequalities. Developing nations are only getting a handful of vaccines as most are bought up by rich countries. Meanwhile, the same rich countries are blocking the waiver of intellectual property rights that would allow vaccines to be produced across the world for a very low price.

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Lithuanian trade unions say "No profit on pandemic!"

Published: Wednesday, 07 April 2021

Today, April 7, is the World Health Day.

This year, as we express our gratitude for health workers who have fought tirelessly against COVID-19, we condemn the efforts of pharmaceutical companies to slow global vaccination efforts.

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The COVID-19 pandemic one year on: the need to revalue our public services

Published: Wednesday, 10 March 2021

One year ago today, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 global pandemic. The last year has magnified the strengths and weaknesses of our societies. In Europe, it has exposed the fragility of public health systems, and the total lack of capacity to respond to such a shock. The tragedy is that this does not come as a surprise. Europe’s public service unions were protesting staff shortages, underfunding and inadequate resources long before the outbreak of the pandemic. When the first wave hit, it is no wonder that health systems and care homes were completely overwhelmed.

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A step closer to the directive on adequate minimum wages

Published: Wednesday, 13 January 2021

 

Last week Lithuania formulated its preliminary position on the proposed European directive on adequate minimum wages in the European Union.

The Committee on European Affairs of the Parliament decided that the principle of subsidiarity is not violated. That means that the „yellow card“ for further processes was not given and now the proposal will be discussed in the plenary session of the Parliament.

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