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Joint Statement of the Council of Trade Unions of Baltic states in Solidarity with Ukraine

Published: Monday, 28 February 2022

In this joint statement, addressed to international treade union “umbrella” organizations, the Council of Trade Unions of Baltic states (the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation, the Lithuanian Trade Union „Solidarumas“, the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia and the Estonian Trade Union Confederation) expresses full solidarity with Ukraine and its workers.

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Solidarity with Ukrainian people

Published: Thursday, 24 February 2022

On February 24, the Lithuanian Industry Trade Union Federation (LPPSF) sent solidarity and full support to Ukrainian trade unions community in regards of the recent aggression from Russian Federation. 

LPPSF condemns the illegal actions of the Russian Federation (RF) towards the Ukrainian nation, and the gross violations of international law and agreements and fully supports and acknowledges the statement of Ukrainian trade unions and the facts mentioned in the document.

Bellow you may find the full text of the support letter to Ukrainian unions:

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Achema strike first of this scale in Lithuania, but management will not budge

Published: Monday, 14 February 2022

A strike by workers at Lithuania’s nitrogen fertiliser plant Achema is the first protest action of this scale in Lithuania since independence, said Inga Ruginienė, chairwoman of the Lithuanian Trade Unions Confederation.

Almost half of Achema’s 1,300 workers launched an indefinite strike on February 8th after the company’s management refused to sign a collective agreement.

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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.

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Patience has run out: employees at the Lithuanian AB Achema are preparing for strike

Published: Thursday, 27 January 2022

The strike at AB Achema will start on February 8th – that was a unanimous decision of the Achema Workers' Trade Union Council. 

So far, the union has been trying for several years to engage in a constructive dialogue with the company’s management and has taken all possible measures to reach a peaceful settlement, but unfortunately the employer has only imitated the dialogue. Currently there is no collective bargaining, and the the State Labor Inspectorate is investigating possible violations of the workers’ rest and working time arrangements.

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