25 Jun Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius visited Achema on the Midsummer eve

Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius during his visit on the Midsummer eve in Jonava fertilizer plant Achema has met Lidia Lubiene, the major shareholder and President of the Board of Achema Group, Ramunas Miliauskas, General Manager, and Birute Daskeviciene, Head of administration of Trade Unions. The meeting was also attended by Rimantas Sinkevicius, the Minister of Transport, and Mindaugas Sinkevicius, Mayor of Jonava district municipality. 

The current situation in the factory and the most serious problems: high price of gas, the VIAP tax, and LNG terminal fee were discussed during the meeting.

Head of administration of the company's trade unions Birute Daskeviciene expressed her support to the main principles and provisions of the new social model and encouraged to take into account decisions of the Tripartite Council of the Republic of Lithuania.

"The 2 company strong trade unions operating in Achema: Trade Union of Workers and Trade Union of Employees, which both include about half of employees, could be a good example of how the system works and how consistently working and negotiating every item of the collective agreement we can reach agreements that are even more beneficial than the current provisions of the Labour Code," - said B.Daskeviciene at the meeting.

The Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius called Jonava trade unions to share their experience in seeking solutions with employers and other Lithuanian trade unions. The Prime Minister also expressed the hope that adoption of the new social model will not be delayed, and all parties will be able to work constructively and intensively.

"In fact, the situation of factory employees, social protection, social partnership opportunities and continuous improvement of collective agreement conditions are highly dependent on the stability of the Company's activities and results," - stressed General Manage rRamunas Miliauskas at the meeting with the Prime Minister A.Butkevicius. - "We are pleased that the authorities understand the added value generated by production and large-scale industry, and we hope that legal framework and long-term strategies will be developed seeking to create clear, logical and economically reasonable business conditions. "

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