Trade union leaders have failed to reach agreement with government
representatives on wage increases in the public sector. A deal concerning a
pay rise of public sector employees should be reached by mid-August, the
head of the congress of trade unions, Josef Středula, said after the
meeting on Monday.
Unions are demanding a 15 per cent pay rise for teachers and a 10 per cent salary hike for other public sector staff, including fire-fighters and policemen, starting this October.
Czech restaurant and hotel owners are struggling with a major shortage of skilled workers, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday. With the tight labour market and growing number of new restaurants, both finding and keeping employees has become increasingly more complicated and some businesses have even been forced to close down.
In response to numerous complaints with regard to abuse of the Czech visa system in Ukraine, the Czech consulate in Lvov has moved to simplify and speed up the process. Steps have been taken to root out corruption by local middlemen who blocked the registration system, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to sign up for months. Applicants will now be able to book by phone, eliminating the long waiting lines outside the consulate and the waiting time for a visa should be reduced from 130 days to 75.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic hit a new low in May, dropping to 3
percent from 3.2 in April, the main Labour Office reported on Friday.
The year-on-year decline is even steeper, down from 4.1 percent. At the end of the month labour offices reported 230,000 unemployed, the lowest number since June 1997.
The unemployment rate has been dropping steadily since February and labour market experts say the trend is likely to continue.
Czech average wages rose by 8.6 percent in the first quarter to 30,265
crowns. After taking off the impact of inflation, the real rise comes to
6.6 percent .
The median wage, the most frequently paid which cancels out the impact of very high wages on the average, rose by 8.3 percent to 25,674 crowns according to the Czech Statistical Office.
Czech wages are rising faster than in most neighbouring countries with the average wage breaking the 30,000 crown mark for the first time at the end of 2017.
Good government watchdog Transparency International has warned that moves by the current Czech government to sack top level civil servants and members of the state administration have gone a lot further than originally declared. And it says that further encroachments on what should be a non-political administration are threatened.
The Czech Republic has the lowest jobless rate in the European Union with vacancies now outstripping the registered unemployed. But moves to attract workers from Ukraine are being hampered by red tape. That sparked a lightning visit last week by the Czech labour minister and a raft of reforms are now promised.
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