Transportation workers consider nationwide strike against government reforms


Czech transportation workers are considering going on a day-long nationwide strike on Monday against the government’s reform plans, particularly the planned overhaul of the pension system. Trade unions said they would announce their final decision on Friday; however, following a meeting on Thursday with Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek which produced no results, a trade union leader said the strike was “99 percent certain”. The strike could paralyze public transport in Prague and Brno as well as railway transport across the country. The trade unions are also planning to stage blockades on the D1 motorway between Prague and the eastern city of Ostrava.