Unions and management of Czech Airlines (ČSA) are at loggerheads over a proposal for staff to take an average wage cut of around 40 percent, the daily Mladá Fronta Dnes reported on Tuesday. A union representative said the previous demand had amounted to a wage cut of around a third. The two sides have been attempting to seal a new collective agreement for a month. The cash strapped airline in October agreed 180 redundancies, mostly from cabin crew and pilots. Management of the still state-controlled carrier had originally called for 300 staff to leave.
Four people were killed in the Czech Republic on Saturday after being hit by a train. A spokesperson for the railways inspection authority said all four incidents happened at spots where walkers are banned. In the first ten days of 2015, seven people died on the country's railways and one person was injured. 296 people were killed in railroad accidents last year, which is the highest number in the last decade.
If there is one transport option that I swore that I would never again repeat in my life it is the all night coach trip back to England. This is the real red eye option with the trip taking around 15 hours. This probably sounds pretty wimpish to those who cross continents or semi-continents on the likes of Greyhound buses, but my world is made up of much shorter horizons.
Snow, strong winds and ice have caused problems on roads in the Czech Republic. The most snow has fallen in the Krkonoše, Jizerské and Krušné Mountains. A crossing at Harrachov on the Czech-Polish border was closed to all traffic for a short period on Monday morning. Motorists have been warned to drive carefully.
Snow is expected around the Czech Republic this weekend. The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute said up to 30 centimetres of snow could fall in the Krkonoše and Jizerské mountains by Sunday night. Strong winds are likely to cause snow drifts, the weather forecasters said. Motorists have been advised to pay attention to transport news and drive carefully while people visiting the mountains should follow the information released by the mountain services.
Prague City Hall which earlier announced plans to lower the price of pre-paid annual coupons for city transport, says the reduction will not be made before mid-2015 and there will be no compensation for people who have already acquired their annual ticket. The new coalition at Prague City Hall promised to reduce the price of annual tickets by 1,100 crowns from the present 4,750. The new administration is hoping the move will encourage more people to use public transport and thereby reduce the amount of traffic in the city center.
Traffic police have warned drivers about restrictions in the city center on New Year’s Day in connection with the fireworks display scheduled for 6pm. Due to the vast number of people who are expected to turn up for the event the police will stop traffic along the Edvard Beneš embankment, the Smetana embankment and the Čechov, Mánes and Štefanik bridges for the duration of the event. Traffic along Letná plain where the fireworks display is taking place will also be stopped –including public transport.
Heavy snow and ice continues to complicate traffic around the country. Meteorologists have issued an ice warning for the afternoon and night hours with low visibility in places. Although maintenance crews have been working around the clock there may be snow drifts and ice on less frequented roads. Police have warned drivers heading for the mountain regions to exercise extreme caution and not to head out without winter tires and chains. Thousands of people have been heading for the country’s ski resorts for the winter holidays.
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