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    Truck drivers, farmhands do not belong on list of highly skilled guest workers - Latvian PM

    RIGA, Feb 13 (LETA) - Truck drivers and agricultural workers do not belong on the list of highly skilled foreign professionals eligible to less strict employment regulations in Latvia, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) told the press after the government meeting today.

    The Economics Ministry has prepared the list of professions where there is shortage of labor force in Latvia, along with a suggestion to loosen the employment regulations in order to bring to Latvia highly skilled professionals from abroad but the Cabinet of Ministers today did not yet approve the list, saying that discussions were still needed about certain professions on the list.

    The State Secretary of the Economics Ministry, Juris Stinka, told the press after the Cabinet meeting that some proposals from the ministries and business organizations still had to be discussed, namely, about including in the list truck drivers and farmhands and about removing from it ICT experts.

    Kucinskis said that most probably the government would eventually approve the list as presented by the Economics Ministry on Tuesday. Truck drivers and agricultural workers do not belong on the list of highly skilled foreign professionals, he said.

    "Putting off the decision does not mean that there will be a discussion about bringing to Latvia cheap labor. We have made it clear that this will not happen," the prime minister said.

    Latvia should address the problem of shortage of less skilled workforce, using own resources, such as remigration, internal mobility, and higher productivity, he said.

    • Published: 13.02.2018 15:57
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