Factsheet for case LT-2020-29/1114 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 14 July 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound|
|Case created||14 September 2020 (updated 17 September 2020)|
In Lithuania, a sectoral collective agreement for the budget sector of the Lithuanian national health system was signed on 14 December 2018 (CA) (No S-323) and was subsequently updated on 14 July 2020 (No S-205). Where the first version of the agreement focused on setting wage regimes in budgetary health establishments, the updated version also covered aspects such as teleworking, overtime, and additional occupational health and safety measures. For example, the document provides for the payment of wage supplements for extra work and adverse working conditions, as well as the possibility to work remotely for a certain period of time. Such changes were largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related higher risks of contracting viral diseases, as well as the need for overtime and/or teleworking for workers in this sector.
Among other things, we can mention the following provisions as the most important ones set in the updated agreement:
The signed agreement is to remain valid in Lithuania for three years, until 31 December 2021. The agreement shall apply to employees of budgetary institutions of the Lithuanian national health system who have become members of the signatory trade union (TU) organisations and their member TUs before the date of signing this agreement.
No information available.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania and two trade unions - the Lithuanian Federation of Healthcare Trade Unions and Medical Staff Trade Union Solidarumas.
The unions are positive about the signing of the agreement, as it will facilitate sustainable activities of public institutions within the Lithuanian national health system, guarantee a higher level of wages, occupational safety and other working conditions for employees working in these institutions than it is set in the Labour Code or other legislation.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Health associate professionals|
Eurofound (2020), Amendment of the sectoral collective agreement for the Lithuanian national public health system, case LT-2020-29/1114 (measures in Lithuania), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.