Lithuania: Government acts to define new social model

A new model for social dialogue in Lithuania has been discussed during sittings of the Tripartite Council of the Republic of Lithuania (LRTT).

A number of conferences and roundtable discussions were held between October and December 2014, when social partners were presented with a social model project initiated by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (SADM).

The new model made recommendations on employment enhancement, improved regulation of labour relations and the sustainability of social insurance. Amendments to legislation are aimed at improving harmonisation in the labour market, and of social insurance and tax policy.

At the end of December 2014, researchers produced proposals concerning the law on employment, social partnership, reform of social insurance pensions, maternity and paternity leave, social insurance, material responsibility of employees, work–life balance, legal regulation of dismissals, and work and rest time.

Adoption of the proposals would require reorganisation of LRTT, the current main national tripartite social dialogue institution, which would be replaced by the National Council.

In addition, it is proposed there should be moves made to:

  • define the status of employers’ organisations in law;
  • establish representativeness criteria for social partner organisations;
  • regulate relations between work councils and trade unions;

provide better protection to the leaders of trade unions and work councils.

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