The government has confirmed the pay increase for public sector workers that was negotiated in September. There will be a flat rate CZK 1500 (EUR 59) increase per year, meaning on average a 7% increase. However, the government has also confirmed that it will abolish the pay table for lower paid staff. These include non-teaching staff in regional education, culture staff, secondary professions in social services and non-medical professions in hospitals. These will be transferred to another pay system meaning a additional increase of 3.5%. The increases take effect in January.
Government confirms CZK 1500 increase across public sector
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The coalition government has confirmed that it will implement a 10% pay rise for public sector workers (15% for teachers) in November. Public sector trade unions had expected the increases to be applied in September and issued a threat of strike action if the government failed to ensure that the increases would take effect in November.
The FNV and NU’91 health workers’ unions have worked to ensure that the 80,000 employees of the seven University Medical Centres will all receive a 10% pay rise in 2023 – 6% in January and 4% in November. There was some concern that not all employees would receive the same increase at the same time and the trade unions were considering legal action to get the employers to properly implement the collective agreement. The increase is slightly below the retail price inflation level of 11.2% but the aim will be to negotiate further compensation for inflation in the next bargaining round.
(January 2017) The vida private services union is calling for a EUR 1500 minimum wage in collective agreements across the private sector. The union says that over 350000 workers are covered by collective agreements where the minimum wage is below EUR 1500, two thirds of these workers are women. The agreements include some in the private care and health service sectors. Once the EUR 1500 is reached then the next step will the the EUR 1700 target set by the OEGB trade union confederation.