Union organisations have rejected claims that a recent visit at the Czech
National Theatre by Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek was a
Mr Zaorálek, who is the campaign leader of the Social Democratic Party, also rejected the claim earlier, saying he had been invited at the behest of the unions and had hoped to use the opportunity to meet with theatre employees.
Some theatres, actors and academicians had claimed it was a campaign stunt.
The police have shelved their investigation into the disappearance of
12-year-old Michaela M., who went missing in Ústí nad Labem in January of
this year. The news was confirmed on Friday by regional police head Zbyněk
Dvořák. Investigators have reason to believe that the child is dead.
When the case broke at the beginning of the year, investigators introduced an embargo on related information after the partner of the girl’s mother committed suicide the same month; according to the Czech News Agency, police saw the deceased as the main suspect in the child’s disappearance. Searches near the child's home and other sites yielded no clues.
A plan to install a replica of the Marian column that stood on Prague’s
Old Town Square for over 250 years has hit the rocks after Prague City
councillor vetoed the idea, on the grounds of a petition signed by over
Prague City Hall earlier gave its consent to the idea and will now have to take legal action to withdraw from a contract with the Society for the Restoration of the Marian Column which wanted to give Prague a replica of the column as a gift.
The original Marian column was built in 1650 to commemorate the Habsburg victory over the Swedes.
It was torn down in 1918 by an angry mob which perceived it as a symbol of the Habsburg takeover of the Czech lands and the violent re-Catholicization that followed.
Deputy Trade Minister Karel Novotný from the Social Democratic Party has
apologized for an anti-Romany statement he posted on Facebook. The deputy
compared Romanies to jellyfish, saying they were troublesome and useless.
Trade Minister Jiří Havlíček promptly distanced himself from the statement, saying it was totally unacceptable. Havlíček is to lose his quarterly bonuses as a result of the incident.
Deputy Trade Minister Karel Novotný from the Social Democratic Party caused a stir by putting hate speech on Facebook. The deputy compared Romanies to jellyfish, saying they were troublesome and useless. Trade Minister Jiří Havlíček promptly distanced himself from the statement, saying it was totally unacceptable. The minister told the news site Aktualne.cz he would speak with his deputy in person before deciding on what course of action to take.
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.
EU member states who feel that they are getting inferior quality food
products as compared to the same brands sold elsewhere will be able to
request an EU grant for their testing, the EU commissioner for justice,
consumers and gender-equality, Věra Jourová, said on Thursday.
Commissioner Jourová made the statement just a day after EC President Jean Claude Junker called for the problem to be addressed in his “state of the union” speech.
The commissioner said the EU had both funds and instruments to deal with the problem and the authorities in the respective states would be advised on how to proceed.
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