Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The Estonian Trade Union Confederation is planing a demonstration today at 14.00 in Toompea, in front of the Estonian Parliament, to protest against the project of modifying the New Employment Contracts Act passed in December 2008.
The three-party coalition is unable to find an agreement over freezing the increase of unemployment benefits set up by the law. The Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, explains that it is a necessary requirement to balance the budget and comply with the euro criterion this year. However, the Social Democrats disagree with this measure and this led the coalition to a deadlock. Social Democrats were ditched by Ansip and will probably be replaced by the Estonian People’s Union party.
The unions explain that the Governement is "blindly ignoring the interests of the workers" and cannot keep doing this. They planned today's demonstration as well as a national strike the 16th of June.
They want to open negotiations over possible modifications of the law and want it to be postponed until an agreement is found.