08 Aprill 2015
The largest trade union and the largest employers’ organisation have clashed over two proposed amendments to Latvian labour law. One is a provision that prohibits an employer from dismissing an employee who is a member of a trade union without prior consent of the union and the other deals with setting pay rates for overtime.
08 Aprill 2015
2014 saw the most important changes to the labour law in Latvia's history. Proposed amendments to make labour legislation more flexible and to adjust it to changing labour market conditions has caused heated debate between social partners. While 35 articles were amended, two amendments proposed by the employers were not adopted due to trade union resistance.
30 Märts 2014
In the heavily populated Rīga suburb of Zolitūde, the roof of a Maxima supermarket collapsed at 6pm on 21 November 2013. The store was busy and the roof over the cash registers collapsed onto cashiers and lines of customers. An hour later, another part of the roof collapsed burying both the injured and rescue workers. There was a third collapse occurred at 6 pm on the following day, but this time there were no injuries. The fire alarm had sounded for several hours before the first collapse, but employees did not leave the store and customers were not evacuated.
20 Märts 2014
On 31 January 2012, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers  made a commitment to improve and modernise the legal framework for trade union activities, and to eliminate contradictions with other legislation. The Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Justice were instructed to draft new legislation to regulate trade unions, and the new act was finally adopted on 4 June 2013.  http://www.mk.gov.lv/en
16 Märts 2014
The Labour Law in Latvia sets out the basic legal principles of the country’s employment system. All matters relating to employment rights are covered on various levels in a single document, although it is supplemented by 36 other acts, more than 20 of which deal with labour protection matters. The current Labour Law has been in force since 1 June 2002, and during that time it has been amended seven times.
29 September 2013
The Youth Council of the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS ) has been socially active since 27 November 1997. It brings together delegates under the age of 35 from member trade union organisations. Just over 1 in 10 trade union members and one-quarter of LBAS office workers are under 35 years of age.  http://www.lbas.lv
12 September 2013
The Latvian government  announced in March 2011 that the minimum wage would be set ‘according to the country’s economic situation’ (*LV1108019I* , *LV1303029Q* ). It was also agreed that the level of the minimum wage would be decided annually after negotiations with the social partners.  http://www.mk.gov.lv/en  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/working-conditions/minimum-wage-to-stay-unchanged  /eiro/2013/03/questionnaires/lv1303029q.htm
05 September 2013
Reforms and austerity measures in the health and social care sectors have affected the quantity and quality of services. Cost-cutting reforms have reduced the number of service providers and state-funded services because organisations cannot afford to pay employees’ salaries. Consequently, the accessibility and quality of services has deteriorated, and the number of medical specialists available is inadequate. For example, because fewer emergency personnel are on duty at night, the number of timely responses to requests for an ambulance in rural areas has decreased to 79.6%. Also, as a result of emigration, health and social care institutions are short of mid-level medical personnel. Figures from the Ministry of Finance show that, in 2012, social care centres employed 3,056 employees, with an average monthly salary of €402, the lowest average monthly remuneration in the sector.
04 August 2013
The Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS ) has highlighted the problem of accidents at work in the country. The union claims that twice as many workers die from work-related accidents in Latvia than in other EU Member States and says the incidence of workplace accidents is increasing.  http://www.lbas.lv
15 Mai 2013
The pension system in Latvia was reformed in 1994. At the time there were calls for the elimination of so-called service pensions, awarded to workers in dangerous occupations, or jobs where work performance depends heavily on age and health. These pensions can be claimed earlier than normal state pensions after a certain length of time in a profession. Despite efforts to get rid of them, service pensions still exist, and the number of categories of professional people eligible to receive them has increased.