Unions and government debated pay rise in public sector

10-08-2018 updated

Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček and Labour Minister Jana Maláčová held talks with the head of the congress of trade unions Josef Středula on Friday on a wage increase in the public sector. A deal concerning a pay rise of public sector employees should be reached by the end of August.

Unions are demanding a ten percent pay rise for all public sector employees. The budget proposal for next year envisages a 15 percent pay rise for teachers and a six percent hike for other public sector workers.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is against a blanket salary rise, arguing that teachers and people in other underpaid professions should see a more significant salary increase.