Carmaker Škoda Auto has offered its workers a 15-percent pay rise over a
period of 27 months, the Czech News Agency reported. Pay talks between
management and union leaders have been going on since the start of the year
at the Mladá Boleslav plant.
Under the proposals the workers would also get an additional bonus of CZK 25,000 beyond Škoda’s regular bonus system.
The company have made the deal conditional on an agreement on changing the system of shifts at its flagship plant in the Czech Republic, the Czech News Agency said.
The Czech Republic’s mixed biathlon team come eighth at the Winter
Olympics in Pyeongchang on Tuesday, failing to repeat their silver
medal-winning success of four years ago.
The first two competitors, Veronika Vítková and Markéta Davidová, performed poorly in shooting. That left the team with a deficit of over a minute on the leaders that Ondřej Moravec and Michal Krčmář were unable to make up.
The Czech team have six medals so far from Pyeongchang, including gold for Ester Ledecká in super-G.
The Party of Civic Rights are interested in joining forces for elections
later this year with the Social Democrats, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday.
The leader of the grouping, Jan Veleba, is planning to make a proposal to
that effect at an upcoming congress, the news site said. However, the
freshly elected chairman of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček, has
already ruled out the idea of cooperation at national level.
The Party of Civic Rights were formerly also known as the Zemanites after founder Miloš Zeman, who is now Czech president. The group have no seats in the lower house.
Prague’s Kbely airfield is to host a special air show in early June
marking the centenary of its foundation. The Czech Army will present its
aircraft and other technology to the public both on the ground and in the
air at the event, which will be free of charge.
Officials say they are planning for June 9 but date is not yet confirmed.
Kbely airfield was the venue for the first radio transmission in Czechoslovakia, when operator Radiojurnal, the precursor to today’s Czech Radio, broadcast from a tent there in May 1923.
The Czech Republic is to get a major new satellite centre to be used by the
country’s military intelligence service and NATO. It will be able to
retrieve images from satellites shortly after they have been taken and will
provide intelligence experts with a detailed picture of reality on the
ground. It can also be put to civilian use in the case of floods or other
The minister of defence, Karla Šlechtová, told Tuesday’s edition of Právo that it was not just an extraordinary system that could quickly deliver information but also proved that Czech specialists were keeping step with their international counterparts.
The centre will be financed by hundreds of millions of crowns from the budget of the Ministry of Defence and will go into full operation in 2020.
The ANO prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, is due to hold talks
with the newly elected leader of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček, on
Wednesday. Mr. Babiš told iDnes.cz about the meeting, which comes as he
makes a second attempt to form a government after winning elections in
October. He is also due to speak to Civic Democrats chief Petr Fiala on
Mr. Babiš says his preference is for an ANO minority government tolerated by other parties, while President Miloš Zeman has called on the Social Democrats to only demand deputy minister positions. However, the party are seeking direct participation in government.
At the same time, the Social Democrats say it would be a fundamental problem for them to accept somebody facing criminal charges in government. Mr. Babiš is accused of the abuse of EU subsidies.
Tomio Okamura of Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Communists’ Vojtěch Filip – who have already made clear their conditions for supporting an ANO minority government – will meet President Zeman on Wednesday.
A famous interwar express train known as the Slovak Arrow is to be restored
to its original glory by Tatra Trucks, representatives of the company have
announced. Once the work has been completed at a cost of almost CZK 120
million the 1936 train will be placed in a new museum of automobiles built
in a former Tatra foundry by the Moravian Silesian Region.
The Slovak Arrow was first introduced in 1936 and ran on the line between Bratislava and Prague as the flagship train of Czechoslovak Railways.
Miroslav Liškutín, one of the last two surviving Czechoslovak fighter
pilots who served with the British RAF during WWII, died in Britain on
Monday aged 98, the Czech military confirmed on Twitter.
During the war, Liškutín made 131 sorties above enemy territory and spent 465 hours in air combat, the Czech Army confirmed. The head of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, General Jiří Bečvář said he was sincerely saddened by the news. In April 1939, Liškutín left the Nazi-occupied Czech lands for France via Poland, Sweden and Britain. In France, he joined the Foreigner Legion with which he underwent six months training in Africa.
After the fall of France, he went to Britain, where he completed his training as a fighter pilot and joined the 145th RAF squadron in combat in August 1941. Later he was transferred to the 312th Czechoslovak squadron and in May 1945 to the 313th Czechoslovak squadron.
After the February 1948 communist coup in Czechoslovakia, he returned to Britain.
The last surviving Czech pilot who served with RAF during the war is Emil Boček, who turns 95 later this week.
Czech goalie Petr Mrázek has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the
Detroit Red Wings in return for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018
NHL draft as well as a conditional third-round pick in 2019.
The club’s general manager (and legendary former goaltender who made his name with the Flyers) Ron Hextall said the club was excited to have gotten Mrázek, who he called a proven NHL goaltender.
He also referred to the situation in which the club’s other two goalies, Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, are both out with injury.