Czech unions have prepared a list of ten requirements for the future
government to fulfill during its mandate. One of the requirements is to
raise the minimum wage to 50 percent of the average wage within the next
four years, the head of the Czech Confederation of Trade Unions Josef
Středula said in a debate on Czech Television on Sunday. According to him,
the unions will present the requirements in the coming days.
The government decided in August to increase the minimum wage by 11 percent to 12,200 crowns as of next year. That should be about 40 percent of the average wage, which reached 29,346 crowns in the second quarter of 2017.
Unemployment in September dropped to below four percent, in line with analysts’ predictions, the ctk news agency reported. September’s unemployment was 3.9 down from 4 percent in August. According to economist Lukas Kovanda due to the lack of skilled workers more firms are now taking in graduates fresh out of school whereas in the past they demanded work experience. Unemployment had not dropped below 4 percent since October of 2008.
Slovakia can serve as an example to the Czech Republic as regards adoption
of the euro and the growth of the minimal wage, the speaker of the Czech
lower house Jan Hamáček said on an official visit to Slovakia on
Mr. Hamáček also praised the excellent relations between the two neighbor states, saying they were the best in history. It seems we needed to break-up in order to meet again in the European Union, Hamáček told reporters in Bratislava.
The speaker of the Slovak lower house Andrej Danko noted that the two countries had a great deal in common and faced similar problems.
Workers at the Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, will be
seeking a pay rise of more than 10 percent next year, according to the
latest edition of the union’s weekly newspaper.
It said a bare 10 percent rise was insufficient. The article pointed out that an agreement with bosses on flexible working methods was up for negotiation soon ahead of the overall pay and conditions deal which runs till the end of March 2018.
Disagreement over flexible working would result in confusion across car plants, the article added. The average monthly wage is around 40,000 crowns at the moment.
A 10 percent pay rise for the police and firefighters agreed by the
government and to take effect as of November 1 of this year will cost the
state an additional 451 million crowns, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing material from the Interior Ministry.
In 2018, the bump will lead to an extra 2.9 billion crowns in total needed
from the state budget. The figures cited concern only the police and fire
fighters and not the prison services, BIS counter-intelligence service,
Customs and the General Inspection of the Security Forces.
The government backed pay rises for public sector employees at 10 percent and 15 percent for teachers.
Trade unions will demand an 8 to 10 percent increase in wages in
negotiations with employers, the head of the Czech-Moravian Confederation
of Trade Unions Josef Středula told a gathering of 1,500 trade union
leaders from around the country in Prague on Thursday.
The President of the Union of Industry and Transport Jaroslav Hanak dismissed the demand as unrealistic saying the unions were racking up political pressure ahead of the elections.
The gathering of trade union leaders in Prague is attended by union representatives from Slovakia, Austria and Germany.