Health union rejects labour code changes

Czech Republic

Earlier this month the OSZSP health union and other trade unions met with Ministry of Labour officials to discuss proposed amendments to the labour code which have serious implications for workers in the healthcare sector. The governments wants changes in relation to shift lengths, overtime work and, of most concern, the introduction of 24-hour shifts. The OSZSP and the doctors’ union underlined the need to safeguard employee rights and criticized proposals that could undermine worker protections. They pointed out that the Czech Republic should be moving in the direction of countries like Germany and Austria, rather than talk of diluting working time rules. They also advocated for transparent and equitable wage structures and benefit systems, ensuring good conditions like healthcare coverage, paid leave, and retirement benefits. The unions were worried about introducing additional overtime work and that the need to ensure that such work is adequately compensated and regulated.

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