Estonian businesses lure Latvian workers

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Estonian entrepreneurs are luring employees from the Valka border town using the local employment agency. It causes problems to local businesses that are starting to lack helping hands, reported Latvian Radio on July 5.

There could be about 400 Latvians working at the countryside according to employers, said Ingūna Johansone, chief editor at the Ziemeļlatvija daily.

Employers face problems finding working hands according to businessman Vahur Käärik from the Estonian town Põlva. He had sought for employees at Latvia's State Employment Agency. Johansone said that employers seek to find workers in a radius of about 70 km from their place of operation.

Latvians are attracted by the larger wages, employers say, as their average pay is around €800, said Johansone, claiming that Latvian companies cannot pay such wages.

Now entrepreneurs in Valka say they're having trouble finding employees.

In May the unemployment level in Valka was 7.3%.

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