Trade unions have launched a campaign to prevent a 2016 law banning larges
stores from operating on certain public holidays from being amended.
Some 80,000 retail workers and supporters of the law have taken to wearing green bracelets with the inscription “Don’t take away our holidays”.
Currently, stores with a retail space of over 200 square metres must be closed on New Year’s Eve, Easter Monday, Victory in Europe Day, St. Wenceslas Day and Czech Independence Day. On Christmas Eve, they can operate only until noon, and must be closed on December 25 and 26.
The Czech Trade Inspection oversees compliance with the ban, which does not apply to pharmacies, petrol stations, and shops at airports, railway stations and in hospitals.
The newly-appointed agriculture minister, Miroslav Toman, has said he will move to regulate the number of promotional campaigns in supermarket chains. The announcement comes in the wake of a controversial promo campaign at the German retailer Kaufland which recently offered shoppers a liter of milk for the price of just 1 crown.
Major supermarket chains Lidl and Globus this week made a breakthrough announcement this week, pledging to gradually phase out the sale of eggs from caged hens in their Czech stores. The decision was prompted by a video recently released by the animal rights group Obraz which revealed atrocious conditions in Czech intensive poultry farms.
The German-based discount chain Lidl, has announced plans to significantly
increase starting salaries of its employees in the Czech Republic.
As of March, the average starting wage for cashiers in Lidl supermarkets will increase by nearly a quarter to 28,000 crowns. Prague will offer slightly higher salaries than the rest of the country, starting at more than 29,000 crowns.
The average gross wage in the Czech Republic currently stands at 29.050 crowns.