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About 70 people stage picket in Riga in support of court employees' interests.


Around 70 people staged a picket in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building in Riga on Aug. 9 to show their support for the rights and interests of Latvia's court employees.

Some of the demonstrators held placards with messages like "Stop Promises! It's Time for Work" and "Fair Wages for Court Employees."

Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs (National Alliance) came out of the government house to talk to the demonstrators. Eriks Pule, the leader of the court employees' trade union, handed the minister a file with a petition signed by 787 court employees, representing 41 courts in Latvia. The petition calls on the government to back the Justice Ministry's proposal to raise the court employees' wages.

The picket took place as the Finance Ministry was presenting new policy initiatives to the government.

"If we achieve nothing with this public action, we have voted at a meeting to call a strike," Pule said earlier. The strike could take place this autumn. Court employees that are not members of the trade union have also voiced their support of a strike.

Court employees --judicial assistants, interpreters, court secretaries, and clerks--have been expressing their discontent over the sector's pay system. At present they receive only 50 per cent the maximum gross monthly wage which has been set at 1,286 euros for judicial assistants, 1,190 euro for court interpreters, and 996 euros for secretaries.

Pule said that it would take 10 million euros to resolve the court employees' pay issues.

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Publication:The Baltic Times (Riga, Latvia)
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Date:Aug 11, 2016
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