Unions and government debated pay rise in public sector

Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček and Labour Minister Jana Maláčová held talks with the head of the congress of trade unions Josef Středula on Friday on a wage increase in the public sector. A deal concerning a pay rise of public sector employees should be reached by the end of August.

Unions are demanding a ten percent pay rise for all public sector employees. The budget proposal for next year envisages a 15 percent pay rise for teachers and a six percent hike for other public sector workers.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is against a blanket salary rise, arguing that teachers and people in other underpaid professions should see a more significant salary increase.