Factsheet for case LT-2021-1/1308 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
|Author||Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound|
|Case created||23 October 2020 (updated 19 November 2020)|
On 16 October 2020, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania represented by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour and national trade union organisations entered into a national collective agreement (NCA) for 2021. The NCA provides for an increase in the basic amount of official salary (BAOS) from €176 to €177 for all civil servants, public sector employees and officials, and additional guarantees for NCA signatory trade union members in the form of additional annual leave and study leave. Moreover, extra days to improve employee health were agreed in the NCA for the first time. The agreement is particularly important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many public sector employees face significant increases in the workload during the pandemic. The NCA will allow employees to take care of their health and improve qualifications without losing their salary.
The NCA increased the BAOS, which is used to calculate salaries in the public sector, for all public sector employees from €176 to €177 for 2021. In addition, the parties to the agreement undertook to consider possibilities to increase this amount once again after the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania publishes new macroeconomic forecasts in December 2020. Also, union members who have signed the NCA with the Government will be able to benefit from the following additional guarantees in 2021:
It is important to note that additional guarantees will apply only to those employees who had joined the trade union prior to the date of signing the NCA.
According to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour, increases in the BAOS will apply to about 200,000 civil servants, employees and officials in the public sector. Additional provisions of the NCA will cover around 34,500 union members.
Other groups of workers
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
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 NCA was signed by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (MSSL) and the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (LTUC), Trade Union Solidarumas, Trade Union Sandrauga, the National Joint Trade Union and the National Association of Officers’ Trade Unions.
Negotiations on the NCA began back in January 2020. In April 2020, several video conferences were held with the participation of Inga Ruginienė, Chair of LTUC, sectoral unions of the public sector and the MSSL. At that time, LTUC and other union representatives proposed increasing the BAOS to €186. However, the Government did not agree with this proposal on the grounds that salaries were already increased to most public sector employees in 2020.
According to union representatives, the negotiations with the Government were successful (particularly in that the parties managed to agree on additional days of leave and study time). Yet, union representatives agree that they would like more significant increases in the salary.
Eurofound (2020), National public sector collective agreement 2021, case LT-2021-1/1308 (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.