Czech Republic - Unions disagree with reform of Labour Code - August 31, 2010

The new coalition government has agreed to reform the Labour Code in force since January 2007. Proposed changes include liberalisation of employment for a set period without limitations, reduced severance pay for those working for an employer for less than two years, and enhanced opportunities for companies to employ people on a so-called “contract for the performance of a work assignment”, up to 300 hours a year. Whereas employer representatives welcome these changes, trade unions warn that the new coalition wants to reduce employees’ security. The unions also disagree with the proposed cancellation of state subsidies of employee benefits, especially meal vouchers and the so-called “free rail passes” (discounted tickets for railway employees and their family members), which was unsuccessfully proposed by the government in 2008.



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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