Medics' trade union disagrees with PM's proposal on new model for wages

  • 2020-01-22
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The council of the Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees of Latvia (LVSADA) on January 21 decided not to support the proposal of Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) to develop a new model for medics' wages, the trade union's representative Inga Rudzite reported.

The trade union's council decided to call on the Tripartite Cooperation Council to discuss whether it is really necessary to cardinally change the wage system in the health care sector.

"The prime minister had decided to unilaterally change the wage system in the health care sector without having got acquainted with the situation in detail. Such actions are weird and risky, therefore it might turn into the last drop in patience of the sector's employees," said LVSADA chairman Valdis Keris.

LVSADA said earlier that unreasonable changes in the wage system will develop another "bureaucratic carousel" that will spend the budget resources and distract attention from the main problem - law-based guarantee for wage growth.

As reported, Karins has ordered Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development) to prepare a new wage model for medics that would introduce a transparent system and prevent unfair practices.