Workers at the Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, will be
seeking a pay rise of more than 10 percent next year, according to the
latest edition of the union’s weekly newspaper.
It said a bare 10 percent rise was insufficient. The article pointed out that an agreement with bosses on flexible working methods was up for negotiation soon ahead of the overall pay and conditions deal which runs till the end of March 2018.
Disagreement over flexible working would result in confusion across car plants, the article added. The average monthly wage is around 40,000 crowns at the moment.
A 10 percent pay rise for the police and firefighters agreed by the
government and to take effect as of November 1 of this year will cost the
state an additional 451 million crowns, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing material from the Interior Ministry.
In 2018, the bump will lead to an extra 2.9 billion crowns in total needed
from the state budget. The figures cited concern only the police and fire
fighters and not the prison services, BIS counter-intelligence service,
Customs and the General Inspection of the Security Forces.
The government backed pay rises for public sector employees at 10 percent and 15 percent for teachers.
Trade unions will demand an 8 to 10 percent increase in wages in
negotiations with employers, the head of the Czech-Moravian Confederation
of Trade Unions Josef Středula told a gathering of 1,500 trade union
leaders from around the country in Prague on Thursday.
The President of the Union of Industry and Transport Jaroslav Hanak dismissed the demand as unrealistic saying the unions were racking up political pressure ahead of the elections.
The gathering of trade union leaders in Prague is attended by union representatives from Slovakia, Austria and Germany.
The parties of the ruling coalition have agreed on a 15 percent wage hike for teachers and a 10 percent wage hike for other public sector employees as of November 1. Agreement on the salary increase was reached after Finance Minister Ivan Pilny raised the projected revenues for 2018 by 21 billion crowns. This was made possible due to an upgrade of the country’s growth estimate from 2.9 to 3.1 percent. Even so, ministers will have to find an additional 8 billion crowns to deliver on their promise. The coalition parties on Monday did not reach a consensus on whether universities will receive the additional 4.5 billion they asked for.
Trade unions from around the country are to gather in Prague next Thursday
for consultations ahead of the annual negotiations on wage hikes.
The trade union leadership should make a recommendation regarding the demands to be made.
Trade unions in the public sector are already on strike alert demanding that the government deliver on its promise to raise teachers’ wages by 15 percent as of November and by 10 percent for other public sector employees.
Thursday’s gathering will be attended by trade union representatives from Germany, Austria and Slovakia.