Czech Republic -Staff social inclusion agency on strike -May 13, 2015

Strike as the autonomy of the government's social inclusion agency withdrawn.

Staff of the government’s social inclusion agency went on strike over the agency’s autonomy and independence. The conflict started when Human Rights minister Jiri Dienstbier dismissed the agency’s director and staff announced the strike after talks with led to nothing. Up to 59 of the 70 staff members signed up for the strike. The minister said in a statement that he cannot comply with the demands and that they agency cannot expect to be fully autonomous while continuing to be entirely financed from government funds. Core of the disagreement is the staff’s demands to elect their own director. The staff furthermore demands a resolution in Parliament guaranteeing the continuation of the agency’s mandate and its independence. Days after the start of the strike, industrial action was temporarily suspended when Prime Minister Sobotka agreed to meet with the protesters.


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