Employers have dropped the idea of linking the minimum wage to the average
wage, Confederation of Industry Vice Chairman Jan Rafaj told the business
daily Hospodářské noviny.
He said no agreement could be reached with the Social Democrats, the junior partner in the coalition government, and the labour unions, many of which believe they can negotiate a higher minimum wage without an automatic adjustment.
MP Ivan Bartoš, chairman of the Opposition Pirate Party, has called for a
debate to be held about what the Czech Army truly needs rather than
fixating on the country’s
Nato commitment to devote 2% of GDP to defence.
Earlier, fellow party MP Mikuláš Ferjenčík said on Facebook the spending target was nonsensical, the daily Právo reports.
The money now being allocated for new armoured fighting vehicles, he said, could keep the depleted pension account balanced until 2035, Ferjenčík said.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO said casting doubt on the country’s Nato commitments was irresponsible populism, and evidence of the Pirates being unfit to lead.
Some 844 candidates from 33 parties will be in the running for 21 Czech
seats at the European Parliament in next month’s elections, according to
data posted on its website by the Czech Statistics Office. The number of
people standing is slightly lower than in 2014, though the number of
non-affiliated candidates has risen.
Czechs will take part in European Parliament elections for the fourth time at the end of the third week in May. Turnout last time was 18.2 percent.
Václav Klaus Jr. says he plans to launch a new political party following
next month’s European elections, Hospodářské noviny reported on
Wednesday. The news site Blesk.cz said that his father, former prime
minister and president Václav Klaus, would also join the grouping.
Klaus Jr. was recently expelled from the opposition Civic Democrats. He fell foul of the party’s leaders after supporting a Freedom and Direct Democracy candidate in Senate elections and comparing the acceptance of European Union regulations to Jews being forced to choose who went on transports during the Holocaust.
The former Czech minister of justice Robert Pelikán violated the rights of
alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin when he decided to extradite the Russian to
the United States, the Czech Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday.
The judges overturned Mr. Pelikán’s decision following an appeal from Mr. Nikulin, who was handed over to US officials last year.
The Russian was arrested in Prague on an American warrant in 2016. He is accused of hacking major internet firms such as LinkedIn and Dropbox and faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty in the US. He is also wanted on lesser charges in his native country.
Over one-fifth of Czech workers have changed jobs in the last six months,
which is the highest level since 2010, suggests a survey conducted by the
company Randstad and cited by the Czech News Agency. Over a third of
respondents who had switched positions said higher pay had been the key
factor in their decision.
Another fifth of the workforce are actively seeking new jobs, the report found. Seventy-percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their current employment.
A trip President Miloš Zeman plans to make to China at the end of this
month will cost around CZK 8.8 million crowns, the news site Seznam Zprávy
reported, citing information sent from the Office of the President to the
The figure is around CZK 3 million more than the amount spent on the head of state’s last visit to China. The president’s aides have attributed this to the size of a delegation travelling with him and the cost of a large reception at the Czech Embassy in Beijing.
It will be Mr. Zeman’s sixth visit to China since taking office.
Czech breweries produced a record 21.3 million hectoliters of beer last
year, an increase of 4.7 percent on 2017. The main driver of that increase
was a jump in exports, though domestic consumption was also up on the
In 2018 the average Czech drank 141 litres of beer, which was six more litres than in the previous 12-month period, according to figures released on Tuesday by the national brewers’ association.
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