The coalition parties ANO and the Social Democrats agreed on Monday that
the first three days of sick leave will be financially compensated as of
July next year.
Under the present legislation, employees are not entitled to any wage compensation in the first three days of sick leave.
This practice, referred to as ‘karenční doba’ was introduced in 2008 by Mirek Topolánek’s government within broader measures to stabilise public funds.
The Social Democrats have been pushing to change the practice for years.
The Social Democratic Party has said it would be willing to raise the
minimal wage by 1,200 crowns a month next year, instead of the 1,500 it had
been pushing for.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová said after Monday’s coalition talks she considered this a fair compromise and a realistic option.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is in favour of a 1,000 crown hike, on the grounds that the hike should not excessively burden small and medium-size employers.
The minimal wage is currently 12, 200 crowns a month.
Secondary schools across the Czech Republic are holding mock local
elections on Monday a fortnight before the actual elections take place.
The event, which is being held for the 10th time in succession, is organized by the NGO People in Need.
Its aim is to interest children aged over-15 in politics and local affairs and let them experience what voting in elections involves.
The results of the vote will be announced next Tuesday. Local elections and elections to a third of seats in the Senate are due to be held on October 5-6.
The regional court in Plzen on Monday heard the testimony of a 42-year-old
man who is on trial for holding unregistered weapons and trading in weapons
without a license.
According to the state attorney in the years between 2010 and 2015 the man bought and resold 225 weapons, mostly machine guns and a few dozen pistols, which were slated to be destroyed or modified for use with blank cartridges only.
In Slovakia these guns do not require registration, but in the Czech Republic, which has tougher norms they do, since according to experts the modification process can easily be reversed.
If convicted, the man could face up to 8 years in prison.
Overall confidence in the economy rose, for a second successive month, by 0.5 points to 99.6 in September, the Czech Statistics Office said on Monday. Year-on-year, the composite confidence indicator, or Economic Sentiment Indicator, was also higher. Confidence in the economy had been dipping and rising in the first and second quarter.
Strong winds and heavy rain battered the Czech Republic overnight bringing
down electricity lines, damaging roofs and stopping trains due to fallen
Although fire crews worked throughout the night a number of rail tracks and roads remained closed to traffic on Monday morning and over 70,000 homes were without power.
Southern Bohemia and Moravia were the worst hit regions.
President Miloš Zeman received Steve Bannon, Republican and former White House chief strategist to President Trump, at Lany chateaux on Sunday for talks that covered international developments, EU affairs and issues relating to Russia and China, the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček reported on Twitter. Bannon is in Europe to support the Italian far-right. He has been actively trying to unite far-right movements and parties in Europe.
A 51-year old Czech national was arrested in Florence after attacking
Serbian artist Marina Abramović at an exhibition of her work, the DPA news
agency reported. The man allegedly hit the artist over the head with one of
her auto-portraits. The motive behind the attack is not clear.
Marina Abramović, is perceived as one of the most controversial figures in contemporary art, whose works have revolutionized the idea of performance, testing her body and expressive potential to the limit.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová told Czech Television
on Sunday that in seeking support for the 2019 draft budget the government
would focus primarily on securing backing from the Communist Party.
She said that this was the obvious course of action in view of the fact that the Communists had supported the minority government in a confidence vote.
However the Communist Party made it clear from the start that the government could not automatically count on its support in any other upcoming vote, particularly as regards the most important bill of the year –the state budget.
The opposition parties have already said they would not support the draft proposal since they consider the proposed 40 billion crown deficit irresponsible at a time of strong economic growth.