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Factsheet for measure LV-2020-12/1469 – measures in Latvia

Peak level social partners express support to the Government decisions

Sociālo partneru paziņojums par atbalstu valdības rīcībai

Country Latvia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 17 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Other
Author Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound
Measure added 26 November 2020 (updated 02 December 2020)

Background information

On 17 March 2020, in the very beginning of pandemic, both peak level social partners organisations, the Latvian Employers' Confederation (LDDK) and the Latvian Free Trade Union Confederation (LBAS) issued a statement on support for government action to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact of the crisis on Latvian companies and workers.

Content of measure

In the Statement social partners express confidence in the understanding and ability of entrepreneurs and all citizens to take responsibility in order to support the measures introduced by the government to reduce the spread of the disease. Both organisations LDDK and LBAS promise to continue to provide support to their members and to work closely with the government to represent the interests of employers and employees.

Social partners emphasize that decisive government action is necessary to keep businesses afloat, save jobs and prevent a new wave of emigration. Social partners also urge to introduce responsible decision of politicians, immediately ensuring 100% payment of sick leaves from the state budget.

Social partners also thank health care workers, and points out that public health is the first priority and requires additional funding for the provision of services.

Use of measure

Not relevant.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
No special funding required

Social partners

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 Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

On 17 March 2020, in the very beginning of pandemic, both peak level social partners organisations, the Latvian Employers' Confederation and the Latvian Free Trade Union Confederation issued statement on support for government action to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact of the crisis on Latvian companies and workers.

Views and reactions

No specific views to report.

Sources

  • 17 March 2020: Statement by the Latvian Employers' Confederation and the Latvian Free Trade Union Confederation on support for government action to limit the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the impact of the crisis on Latvian companies and workers (arodbiedribas.lv)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Peak level social partners express support to the Government decisions, measure LV-2020-12/1469 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LV-2020-12_1469.html

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