Coalition parties ANO and the Social Democrats have come to an agreement on
raising public sector salaries next year. The chairman of the latter
grouping, Jan Hamáček, told journalists that the Ministry of Finance had
agreed to considerably higher increases than originally proposed.
The Social Democrats leader refused to reveal the precise figure involved but other senior party members indicated that it would be around 10 percent. For their part, ANO ministers would only say that they continued to favour salary increases.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has put forward a new decree that
would raise the minimum wage in the Czech Republic by over 12 percent. The
previously announced change would see the minimum wage climb by CZK 1,500
to CZK 13,700.
The amendment to the Labour Code, which has been posted on the Czech government website, also envisages tying growth of the minimum wage to average salary increases from the year 2020.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is headed by Jana Maláčová of the Social Democrats.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, held talks with his Italian
counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, in Rome on Tuesday. The pair discussed the
protection of the European Union’s external borders, cooperation with
third countries and migrant return policies, the Czech Office of the
Mr. Babiš and his host also spoke about the European Union’s relations with Russia and the US, as well as bilateral cooperation.
In July the Czech leader agreed to visit Rome after Mr. Conte sent an open letter in response to Mr. Babiš’s refusal of an Italian request to take in 450 migrants.
President Miloš Zeman has pardoned a man imprisoned for bribe taking, his
spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said on Tuesday. The man was also found guilty
of abuse of power and obstructing the execution of an official decision.
He has been suffering from an oncological disease for some years and had no previous criminal record, said Mr. Ovčáček.
The leader of the opposition Christian Democrats, who is himself standing
for the upper chamber later this year, says his party will fight for the
Senate’s continued existence. Pavel Bělobrádek said opponents of the
the upper house of Parliament were out to destroy democracy, didn’t wish
to hear conflicting points of view and had a tendency to regard the Czech
Republic as a conquered land.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described the Senate as a talking shop and his ANO party has proposed its abolition. The upper chamber came into existence in 1996.
The Czech football manager, Karel Jarolím, has called up one previously
untried player, midfielder Ondřej Petrák of Nürnberg, for his squad for
a pair of upcoming internationals.
Jarolím also gave the nod to three players who had not been picked for a year or more for a Nations League clash with Ukraine next Thursday and a friendly against Russia the following Monday.
The police have begun investigating claims by the ex-wife of former prime
minister Jiří Paroubek that he illegally acquired millions of crowns
while he was the leader of the Social Democrats, iRozhlas.cz reported,
citing a state attorney.
Petra Paroubková made the allegations in an interview last week. The pair are currently divorcing.
Mr. Paroubek says his ex-partner is attempting to scupper his chances in Senate elections in October, when he will be standing as an independent.
Average earnings in the public sector have been rising more quickly than in
the private sector in the Czech Republic, according to official figures
quoted by the Czech News Agency. Wages rose by an average of 8.4 percent
among public sector employees in 2017, compared to an average rise of 6.8
percent for those working in the private sphere.
Public sector staff took home an average of just under CZK 32,000 a month last year, around CZK 1000 more than those in the private sector.
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková has made it into the second
round at the US Open in New York. The eighth seed overcame Zarina Diyas of
Kazakhstan 6-4 7-6 despite making eight double faults and suffering four
breaks of serve.
Plíšková’s compatriots Lucie Šafářová, Barbora Strýcová and Grand Slam debutant Karolína Muchová also made it through the first round on Monday.
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