Czech Republic - Social workers' union launches pay increase campaign - April 30, 2017

The trade union of health and social care workers (OSZSP) has launched a campaign for an increase in employees' pay with the motto ‘End of cheap labour in social services’. The union wants the government to transfer social workers to the same pay categories that are used for nurses. The highest gross monthly pay of workers in social services is about 18,000 crowns including overtime, weekend and night hours in a situation where the average wage in the country was 29,320 crowns in the last quarter of 2016. The government has reacted by explaining that they are planning a reduction of a number of pay categories from nine to six as from July 2017 and that will improve the remuneration of workers in the public sector.

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