Union confederation says proposed changes would give Czechs worst labour rights in Europe


The Czech Republic’s main grouping of trades unions has slammed proposed changes in the labour law set out by the government. In an official response to the proposals, the Czech and Moravian Confederation of Trades Unions said the changes would result in Czech employees having the worst working conditions in Europe. The confederation said there was no need for the changes with the Czech labour market already more flexible than most in the 27-strong European Union but job security weaker than average. Changes proposed by the government include lengthening the duration of fixed term contracts to five years from two, doubling the maximum period for specific goal related contracts and making lay-offs easier. The confederation also complained that it was not properly consulted about the changes.