07 Jaanuar 2013
On 28 September 2012, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers  submitted its draft state budget for 2013 to the parliament (Saeima ) for approval. In contrast to the austerity budgets of previous years, the budget for 2013 called for increased financing in sectors most affected by the crisis – public administration, education, healthcare and for the police, firefighters and other security services. In the second half of 2011, the government began to restore bonus payments for state administration and healthcare (*LV1210019I* ).  http://www.mk.gov.lv/en  http://www.saeima.lv/en  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/government-lifts-ban-on-public-sector-bonuses
19 Detsember 2012
In 2009, when Latvia’s budget deficit became acute, the Saeima , the Government of the Republic of Latvia, capped the salaries and bonuses of public sector employees. Between 2009 and 2011, cuts in the public sector wage bill accounted for almost half of the money saved through deficit reduction measures. Salaries in the sector decreased by an average 30%. Virtually all forms of performance-related bonus were stopped.  http://www.saeima.lv/
18 September 2012
On 15 May 2012, the Latvian Passenger Transport Association (LPPA) had asked the government’s Cabinet of Ministers to approve €11.67 million of additional funding by 1 August 2012 to cover uncompensated losses incurred in 2011, and anticipated losses in 2012. In 2012 the state subsidy to public transport providers was 10% less than it was in 2011.
28 August 2012
Latvian society’s reluctance to use public demonstrations to protect workers’ rights is gradually fading, with protests and strikes being held on both the sectoral and individual enterprise levels. Previously, protest campaigns to express public dissatisfaction were held only on rare and extremely important occasions, and were mainly in the spheres of education and healthcare, both of which have powerful trade unions. In recent years, however, demonstrations have also been held in other areas.
17 Juuli 2012
Trade unions are focusing on the issue of pensions not only because it affects the social guarantees of workers but also because frequent changes in the pension system undermine confidence in the state’s social policy and social payments.
04 Aprill 2012
On 17 September 2011 extraordinary parliamentary elections were held in Latvia, and on 25 October the new government began work. The health and education ministers in the new government immediately announced significant reforms in their areas, provoking bewilderment and protests from the trade unions.
02 Veebruar 2012
Since 8 September 2009, when the Latvian cabinet adopted the social safety net strategy, state financing for social security has increased every year.
08 Jaanuar 2012
In Latvia employment relations may be based on two unrelated types of legal framework – labour law  and civil law. The 2002 Labour Law was passed with a related package of employment protection legislation. Legislation stemming from the Labour Law creates a legal basis for social dialogue as it includes rules regarding employee representation and the rights of employee representatives.  http://www.vvc.gov.lv/export/sites/default/docs/LRTA/Likumi/Labour_Law.doc
06 Detsember 2011
Valdis Keris, Chair of the Union of Latvian Health and Social Care Workers (LVSADA ), announced on 10 August 2011 that employees in several hospitals would start peaceful protests against plans to reduce financing for emergency patients in the second half of 2011. At the same time, the hospitals and the local governments that run them said they would take the government’s Health Payment Centre (VNC ) to court over its proposed budget cuts.  http://www.lvsada.lv/  http://www.vnc.gov.lv/
11 Oktoober 2011
Every year, before the adoption of the state budget, the social partners agree on the size of the minimum wage. Until 2011, the minimum wage was determined using a method adopted in 2003 (LV0808019Q , LV0307101N ). This provided for the amount to be increased gradually until it reached, in 2010, 50% of the average gross monthly salary of employees in the preceding year (*LV0809019I* ). However, this target was not met. On 16 October 2010, the Ministry for Welfare proposed three new possible methods of determining the minimum wage, on the basis of:  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/erm/comparative-information/national-contributions/latvia/latvia-wage-formation  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-plans-to-double-minimum-wage  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-agree-further-increase-in-minimum-wage