Czech Republic - Public transport unions protest against government reform plans - June 16, 2011

On 16 June, unions in the public transport organised a 24-hours‘ strike in the country’s main cities, as well as a march in Prague starting with a rally at Palacky Square. The actions were supported by the OS KOVO union confederation and aimed against the government´s planned reforms of the pension, healthcare, welfare and tax systems, in particular against, what the unions call‚ “the pension robbery” and the plans to lift the retirement age to 70. Also, union leaders criticised corruption and the pilferage of finance from public budgets. Prague‘s metro went to a halt for the first time ever and trains did not operate across the country. The public bus transport was limited, to a mere 30% in Prague alone, whereas elsewhere the percentage varied.

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