Latvian trade unions request abandoning Covid certificate requirement

The Latvian Free Trade Union (LBAS) calls on the government and the Saeima to immediately repeal the rules which prevent people without a Covid-19 certificate from working, LBAS said February 14.

The proportion of vaccinated persons among employees, according to the Ministry of Economics, is nearly 100%. In such circumstances, it no longer makes sense to require Covid-19 vaccination or recovery certificates for employees, LBAS considers. The organization therefore calls on the Saeima and the government to waive the requirement as of March 1.

Head of the LBAS, Egils Baldzēns, said that strict epidemiological safety requirements should still be maintained: distance should continue to be observed, rooms should be ventilated, medical masks or FPP2 respirators should be worn. It is also necessary to open up the currently closed economic sectors.

Baldzēns told Latvian Radio that the LBAS is 'fighting for the right to work, which is a fundamental right'.

Lifting of the restrictions is also being offered by the Ministry of Health, but not so fast. The three-step plan foresees that the requirement for Covid-19 certificates for work could be abolished as of April 1.

"Every week, when reporting the data prepared by the SPKC to the government, we see that people who have been vaccinated and especially boosted are also better protected in the wave of Omicron against Covid-19. It is likely that we will break this system of certificates in April, if the situation is favorable and the wave of Omicron has passed," commented Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts.

 

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