Some 1,500 trade unionists from across the Czech Republic are due to demonstrate in Prague on Tuesday to demand higher wages ahead of tripartite talks. The Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS) is due to make public its official wage demands for 2020 and highlight its long-term campaign to end “cheap labour”, ČTK reports.
The ruling coalition has reached agreement on a hike in salaries for public
sector employees in 2020.
All public sector employees will receive an additional 1,500 crowns a month in tariffs; the lowest tariff table, which applies to the lowest-paid professions, such as social services employees, will be abolished.
Negotiations are still underway on a 10 percent hike for teachers.
The head of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions Josef Středula welcomed Friday's agreement calling it a good compromise.
“Those who are the worst off will get the biggest hike, and it’s a substantial increase. I think this is a fair deal, ” Středula said.
Czech businesses are still struggling to find workers, the news site Ihned.cz reports. In August, labour offices in the Czech Republic posted more than 350,000 vacancies, which is the highest figure in the country’s history, the website wrote. The biggest demand is for construction workers, warehousemen, or truck drivers.
Unemployment held steady at 2.7 percent in August, according to Labour
Office data published on Monday. In Prague, the unemployment rate remained
at 2 percent.
Fewer than 205,000 people in the country were seeking work last month, the lowest number for the month of August since 1996.
The overall number of jobseekers is expected to rise slightly in September, mainly due the entry into the labour market of a large number of school-leavers.
The average monthly salary in the Czech Republic, which has risen steadily
in recent months, has just passed the 34,000 crown mark, equivalent to
1,313 euros or 1,439 US dollars.
According to the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ), that represents a 7.2 percent increase in annual terms. In real terms, the average monthly salary grew by 4.3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2018.
However, two-thirds of full-time employees make less than 34,000 crowns, and the median salary is just 29,127 crowns, an increase of 6.9 percent.
As for salaries in the capital, Prague, the average monthly salary reached of 42,297 crowns in the second quarter of this year.
The average gross monthly wage in the Czech Republic increased by 7.2
percent to CZK 34,105 in the Q2 of this year, according to data released by
the Czech Statistics Office. In real terms, taking into account inflation,
wages increased by 4.3 percent.
However, two-thirds of employees earn less than the average wage.
The median wage in the Czech Republic was CZK 29,127, up 6.9 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. Some 80 percent of employees earned wages between CZK 14,955 and CZK 55,259.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic stagnated at 2.6 percent this June after
decreasingly slightly over four consecutive months, the Labour Office
announced on Tuesday.
The number of jobseekers in June fell to 195,723, a drop of about 5,000 compared to May, while the number of vacancies rose to 342,510.
The Czech unemployment rate is at its lowest level since May 1997. In Prague, it stands at 1.9 percent.
The Czech Republic’s economic growth is expected to continue at a rate of around 2.5 percent, the International Monetary Fund predicted in a press release on Thursday. Inflation is expected to go down and unemployment levels will rise. The head of the organisation also warned of the large impact that American tolls on European products would have on the Czech economy.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic fell to 2.6 percent in May from 2.7
percent the previous month, according to official figures released on
Monday. Some 200,675 people were out of work in May, the lowest number
recorded since the same month in 1997.
Meanwhile, the number of vacant positions grew to almost 347,000, the Office of Labour said.
Analysts said that unemployment was close to the lowest level it could reach, with the number set to grow slightly in the summer because of new graduates.