Lithuania's outgoing parlt fails to amend labour code - president

  • 2016-10-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says that the outgoing parliament was unsuccessful in delivering on its promise to revise the new Labour Code.

"I think that all of us, spectators of that performance of promises, look at this in the same way: There is hardly anyone who still believes that this ruling majority keeps to its promises," Grybauskaite told the press today during a visit to Finland.

The Seimas on Oct. 18 was unable to collect enough votes to approve amendments to the Labour Code under the urgency procedure. Sixty-four members of the parliament registered for the vote, while the Seimas Statute requires the participation of no fewer than 71 lawmakers.

Sixty-three MPs from various political groups, including Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, voted in favour of the suggested amendments and one conservative MP abstained. There were no votes against.

One of the primary revisions was to eliminate the so-called zero hour employment contracts.