Prime Minister offers concession on pay scales but sticks to 10 percent cut


Prime Minister Petr Nečas met with national and public sector union chiefs on Tuesday morning over their threat of strike action over government plans to cut wages and shake up wage scales. The prime minister offered to leave current wage scales alone but pledged to go ahead with the government’s plans to cut 10 percent off the state wages bill next year, either through job losses or pay cuts. He added that the budget for state employees would not be touched from 2012 to 2014. Union leaders said they would discuss the latest on Friday but some said after the meeting that the government’s latest offer changed little. Unions have already given notice of their intention to strike and must now decide on whether to lift their threat.