Czech Republic - Political insecurity concerning civil service pay cuts - October 26, 2010

On Tuesday 12 October, Prime Minister Petr Nečas met with national and public sector union leaders concerning their threat of strike action over government plans to cut wages and shake up wage scales. Nečas offered to leave current wage scales as they are but pledged to go ahead with the government’s plans to cut wages in the civil service in 2011 by 10%, either through job losses or pay cuts. He added that the budget for state employees would not be touched from 2012 to 2014. Some union leaders indicated directly after the meeting that the government’s offer changed little. Meanwhile, in the 15 October elections with 41 out of 81 seats the opposition Social Democrats gained a majority in the Senate, the upper house of parliament, and political analysts have suggested that this triumph could impact austerity measures and reforms put forward by the government.



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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