The main public service unions – CCOO, UGT and CSIF – have agreed dates with the Ministry of Finance and Public Function to negotiate a new agreement covering public administrations and public services. The negotiations will focus on the impact of rising inflation on salaries along with some key other themes including digitalisation, retirement, internal promotion, mobility and professional career development. There will also be discussions about speeding up implementation of the plan to reduce the extent of temporary work and get below the threshold of only 8% of jobs having temporary contracts.
Unions confirm timetable for public sector negotiations
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Eight years on since the renewal of the last collective agreement, the Ministry of Public Administration has confirmed the timetable for negotiations over firefighters' pay and conditions. The FP CGIL union is looking for a pay increase to recognise the professional responsibilities of firefighters with a minimum €80 a month as agreed in the initial public sector pay talks last year. The union will also be looking for improvements in pensions and ways of dealing with accidents and occupational diseases.
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.