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Factsheet for measure LV-2020-47/1477 – measures in Latvia

Education workers trade union issues recommendations on organisation of education process

LIZDA priekšlikumi par turpmāko mācību procesa organizēšanu izglītības iestādēs

Country Latvia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 20 November 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
Author Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound
Measure added 26 November 2020 (updated 05 December 2020)

Background information

On 20 November 2020 the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees reacted to information that the Cabinet of Ministers could decide on stricter restrictions that would also affect teachers work in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Proposals have been prepared on the further organisation of the education process in educational institutions. The proposals are to be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Sciences.

The chairwoman of the trade union says that teachers and technicians work in a high-risk environment and must receive the necessary support to do their job. Many teachers continue to work at schools, others remotely, others have to work in combination. It is important that teachers and technicians can feel more secure, and that they receive more support to address the issues that are relevant to them during the spread of COVID-19.

Content of measure

The trade union has prepared a list of 15 recommendations concerning decisions of distance learning, financing, educational content, and working conditions and risks for education workers.

The trade union recommends that children in grades 1-4 must learn at school, otherwise the workload of teachers and parents would significantly increases. Because the virus is spreading at different levels local governments and schools should have the right to decide whether students of other grades should learn remotely.

The Ministry and local governments should have a clear agreement on additional expenses (masks, software, compensations for remote work). Idle time allowances should be available for personnel not able to perform their job remotely.

The National Education Content Centre has to evaluate the content of education and provide guidelines to teachers on the minimum results to be achieved for this school year. By distance learning, it is not possible to acquire the same quality of content as can be learned in person. This would reduce tension and stress for teachers, students and parents.

Psychological help for teachers, students and parents should be granted, as emotional stress has significantly increased. Courses for teachers on professional burnout and how to protect themselves from it when performing work duties during COVID-19 should be granted.

Use of measure

No information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
The COVID-19 risk group at the workplace
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
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 Unknown
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Not applicable

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

  • Only trade unions
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level


The Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees has prepared list of 15 recommendations concerning decisions of distance learning, financing, educational content, and working conditions and risks for education workers.

Views and reactions

No specific views for reporting.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Teaching professionals


  • 20 November 2020: LIZDA proposals on further organization of the study process in educational institutions (


Eurofound (2020), Education workers trade union issues recommendations on organisation of education process, measure LV-2020-47/1477 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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