Mission Statement of Workers Front of Latvia

Workers Front of Latvia — workers movement for unification of marxists in Latvia, for active participation of progressive representatives of the working class  in politics of Latvian.

Politics

  1. Bind the salary of the Parliament deputy to the minimum wage (in proportion 3 to 1), to eliminate inappropriate privileges of the deputies.
  2. If the Parliament deputies want to raise their wages, then this increase should only apply to the next convocation of the Parliament, and the increase of salaries of the workers must be done immediately, that being the basis of the deputies' wage raise.
  3. Representatives of all parties existing in Latvia should be present in the Central Election Commission.
  4. Provision of representation of public organizations in the Central Election Commission.
  5. Allow self-registration of political parties.
  6. Latvia should cease its membership in the NATO military bloc and become a neutral state, impose a ban on sending Latvian troops to other states.
  7. Latvia should ensure equal rights for all permanent residents (now part of the inhabitants of Latvia are legally deprived of citizenship).
  8. Latvia is obligated to ensure:
    - the right to learn in one's native language;
    - free recreation camps for children, schoolchildren, students;
    - municipal apartments for young families;
    - free education, including higher education.

Social Questions

  1. If employer wants to keep the employee “on the phone” for a call to work, additional payment is required for this, regardless of whether the call was made to work or not.
  2. Guarantee of the creation of unions of employees in enterprises of all forms of ownership. Criminal prosecution of the employer for sabotage in education by hired union workers at enterprises.
  3. Any change in the conditions and/or remuneration of labor must be agreed with the trade unions.
  4. Consideration of the decision on the dismissal of an employee by the trade union within a month.
  5. Limit the list of occupations to which the aggregate working hours apply.
  6. Normal shift should not exceed 6 hours, working week – 32 hours. The employer is obliged to ensure the full leave. The employer has no right to break the leave of a hired worker in parts without his consent.
  7. If the employer directs the employee to another location, resulting in increased transportation costs, housing costs, the employer must compensate for the increased costs of the employee.
  1. a) Limit the list of occupations where night work is allowed.
  2. b) Save a job for a wage worker in case of illness is substantially longer than now.
  3. c) Keep the workplace for pregnancy (a specific period is discussed, for comparison: 3 years in the USSR).
  4. d) Reduce the retirement age (the age of retirement) or at least to stop increasing it.
  5. e) Introduce universal indexation of salaries and pensions (raise them automatically).
  6. f) Pay pensions no less than the subsistence level.
  7. g) Pay a salary not less than the subsistence minimum.
  8. h) Do not tax the income in the size of the subsistence minimum.
  9. i) Calculate the amount of subsistence minimum in a reasonable manner (to work out for this method).
  10. j) Increase the staff of the Labor Inspection, increase its budget, but demand more from it.

Economics

  1. Audit of the legitimacy of privatization of Latvian enterprises and its results.
  2. Revival of industry – the basis of the state's economy, the revival of industrial enterprises.
  3. In sphere of construction – construction of a state and municipal housing for the sake of long-term lease at low prices.
  4. Limitation of the rights of homeowners of multi-apartment houses:
    - introduce municipalization of unprofitable houses,
    - all that has been built by the state, the municipalities, should not ever becom private property.
  5. Strict control over the activities of banks. Introduction of legislation not in favor of banks, but in favor of hired workers who use a loan to improve housing conditions. Out-of-bank collectors, should cease to exist.
  6. The transport industry to only be in the hands of the state, financed from the state budget. The transport industry is the backbone of the national economy of Latvia.
The program statement accepted as a basis on December 28, 2017 at the 1st Assembly of WFL.
Finished and approved on March 25, 2018 at the 2nd Assembly of WFL.

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