The Czech Minister of Health, Adam Vojtěch, is against a blanket pay rise
for employees in the health sector. He made the statement in a debate on
Czech Television on Sunday.
The country’s health and social care unions have been pushing for a 10-percent pay rise, but according to Dagmar Žitníková, the head of the umbrella organization of health and social services employees, there is still space for negotiation. The union committee is set to meet on Monday to further debate the issue.
Meanwhile, the head of the Czech Doctors’ Union, Martin Engel, said they will continue to insists on the 10-percent salary hike for doctors.
Latin pop star Ricky Martin is set to perform in Prague’s O2 Arena on
Sunday. According to organizers, he is going to sing both in Spanish and
English, and will perform all his greatest hits.
The Puerto-Rican singer shot to international fame in 1999 after releasing his single ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’ which has sold over eight million copies and is one of the best-selling singles of all time. The Prague concert will be Martin’s first appearance in the Czech Republic.
Some 15 percent of Czech employees changed jobs in the past six months,
according to a survey carried out by the recruitment agency Randstadt.
A quarter of Czechs are considering finding a new employment or are actively searching for it, which is five percent more than in the previous six months. People employed agriculture, forestry, hospitality and catering changed jobs were most willing to change jobs.
The study also suggest that 62 percent of Czech employees are happy with their current employer, while ten percent are dissatisfied.
Roman Catholic Bishop Václav Malý on Sunday served a special mass at Prague St Vitus Cathedral for the Czech and Polish nations. The mass also commemorated Ryszard Siwiec, the Polish man who set himself alight on September 12, 1968 in protest at his country’s participation in the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The name of Ryszard Siwiec was unknown for decades after his self-immolation, as Poland’s communist government tried to erase his act from the public consciousness. A monument to the Polish protester was unveiled in 2010 in front of Prague’s Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.
President Miloš Zeman and other politicians paid tribute to
Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk at his grave in
Lány on Saturday on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of his death.
The Czech head of state also lit the annual ceremonial fire, along with the honorary head of TOP 09 party Karel Schwarzenberg, mayor of Lány Karel Sklenička and a group of voluntary firefighters. Dozens of people attended the traditional event, which was established in 1935.
Masaryk had great merit in bringing about the establishment of an independent state of Czechs and Slovaks after WWI. Dubbed the Father of the Nation, Masaryk was a much loved and respected politician and is revered to this day.
Czech pilot Roman Kramařík, who celebrated the centenary of the birth of
Czechoslovakia by flying around the world in a small Cessna place, landed
in Prague’s Letňany Airport on Saturday.
The one-time aerobatic pilot flew over the Persian Gulf, India, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, the Pacific Ocean, the US, the Azores and then Britain before returning to the Czech Republic. The journey took him 46 days across three oceans and three continents.
Temperatures over the next month should stay above-average for the time of year, according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The coming week should see temperatures approaching 30 degrees Celsius. Towards the end of the month, daytime temperatures should gradually drop to around 17 degrees Celsius. Precipitation over the next four-week period should not exceed the long-term average.
The Czech and Slovak governments are to hold a joint working session in
Košice on on September 17. The main focus of the talks will be the joint
celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
Migration and regional cooperation among V4 countries are also expected to
be high on the agenda.
The joint session will open with a ceremony in the Historical Town Hall of Košice. The joint meeting will be followed by bilateral negotiations between Czech and Slovak Prime Ministers, Andrej Babiš and Robert Fico, and the respective department heads.