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We call to support striking workers at the Lithuanian Achema factory

Published: Wednesday, 09 February 2022

Dear comrades, 

Workers at the Lithuanian nitrogen fertilizers and industrial chemicals factory „Achema“ went on indefinite strike on February 8th. This is the first strike in Lithuanian private sector in the past 30 years.

The strike was a unanimous decision of the Achema Workers' Trade Union Council after several years of continuous strives to reach a collective agreement. The strike is indefinite and will last as long as the employer expresses a desire to return to the negotiating table with the trade union for reaching a collective agreement, which is our main interest and motive for the strike. According to the trade union data, around 600 workers will participate in the strike.

The striking workers have taken a bold step: they expect a long-term result through a solid collective agreement with the employer, thus ensuring a safer future not only for themselves but for all workers of the company.

However, these workers and their families will lose income because they will not be paid during the strike. 

Therefore, the Strike Fund was set up, and most of the funds will be used to compensate the lost wages of striking workers. 

We call all those who are willing and are able to contribute to the fight of the „Achema“ workers  by transferring funds to the following account of the Achema Workers' Trade Union (Achemos darbuotojų profesinė sąjunga):

AB SWEDBANK

A / s LT477300010002514614.

Please refer to the "Strike Fund" in the purpose of the order.

BIC (SWIFT code): HABALT 22 

If it is difficult to support financially, we would appreciate it if you could share this information with your colleagues. 

Any support is very important to the striking workers!

Each of you will contribute to the present and future of the Lithuanian trade unions, because this strike will be a historic event! 

Thank you all for your solidarity!

 

For more information about the “Achema” strike please follow the link below:

https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1610394/achema-strike-first-of-this-scale-in-lithuania-but-management-will-not-budge