Czech Railways has warned that a planned strike by German train drivers on Tuesday could affect passengers in the Czech Republic. According to a Czech railways spokesman the strike is planned from 5am to 9 am on Tuesday which means that trains from Germany could be delayed in the course of the morning. Close to half of Germany's 20,000 train drivers are expected to join the strike in support of higher wages.
In Business News: the government has distributed 700 million crowns to finance EU presidency preparations, Czech companies are hoping to contribute to the modernisation of Bulgaria's railways, the Czech power giant CEZ is hoping to become a strategic partner in a Romanian power plant modernisation project, roughly one in three Czechs are working in the industrial sector, a new poll suggests that three in four entrepreneurs has to deal with corruption.
Tens of thousands of trade union members took to the streets of Prague on Saturday to protest against the government's planned reform package. The crowd gathered in Prague's Zizkov district and marched to the city's Wenceslas Square, where it declared to the public that the reforms will benefit the rich and harm the middle and lower income classes. Dita Asiedu looks at the workers' reservations and asks whether they are founded:
The CMKOS umbrella trade union group has sent Czech MPs a list of its objections to a proposed financial reform package, which is being discussed by parliament. The union is opposed to the extensive tax and social welfare reforms, which the government says is necessary to reduce the public deficit. Several thousand union members are expected to attend a demonstration against the reforms on Wenceslas Square on Saturday.
In Business News: Prague is set to get its second international airport within three years; after years of letting people go, Czech banks are now hiring again; the famous Czech piano-maker Petrof has avoided bankruptcy after a legal challenge from an American distributor; the Environment Ministry has given the green light for the cultivation of genetically modified flax; total Czech fuel consumption had grown by almost 40 percent since the year 2000; and the consumption of meat has fallen by 17 percent since 1989.
Few would argue that the extraordinary technological leaps and bounds of recent years have improved our lives, but they've also allowed employers unprecedented power to spy on their employees. Whether it's the surveillance camera in the corner of the shop or your boss reading your personal emails, Big Brother might very well be watching you. But unjustified spying on your employees without their consent is actually illegal in the Czech Republic, and doing so is now more difficult following an amendment to the Labour Code. We discussed the problem
In May, the unemployment rate was the lowest in almost three years. Down to 6.4 percent, the number of people looking for jobs dropped by more than 19,000 compared to the preceding month. While on average there were some 3 applicants for every vacancy, just a year ago there were almost double. But this positive development also has a down side. I spoke to economic analyst Marketa Sichtarova of Next Finance:
In Business News this week: the Czech Republic posts record export figures; the country is set to produce a million cars a year, says an industry leader; the Czech economy continues to grow at over 6 percent; unemployment falls further to 6.4 percent; Czech firms are among Europe's worst when it comes to paying their debts on time; and Czech female managers make half as much as their male counterparts.
The Czech government is being forced to address a serious problem. Following a decline in the birth rate after the fall of communism hundreds of crèches and kindergartens closed down. Now, the trend has turned - young women in their thirties are having babies - but they find that when they are ready to go back to work they have nowhere to place their children.
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