May. 09, 2017 (May 2017) The OSZSP health and social services union has launched a campaign to improve pay in the social services sector under the slogan "end cheap labour". The union has already had a meeting with the government where it highlighted staff shortages, excessive workloads and very low pay with some on as little as CZK 12000 a month (EUR 450). The union stresses that staff shortages are set to become more urgent as workers in the sector retire and there is increased demand from an older population.
Feb. 16, 2017
What does it take to make the union stronger ? Actively addressing workers’ issues, reputation and dedication of trade union shopstewards and union leadership and of course more members.
Feb. 14, 2017 (February 2017) The OSZSP healthworkers' union announced strike action on 8 February in the emergency services in the South Moravia region. The union there had been trying to resolve a number of issues including excessive workloads, staff shortages, problems with implementing the collective agreement and discrimination in pay. The strike action was called after management not only failed to propose any concrete solutions but took decisions that only worsened the situation.
Dec. 21, 2016
Local successes in union recruitment were shared by health unions from Eastern Europe at a meeting in Prague on 16 December.
Sep. 08, 2016 (September 2016) Over 1000 trade unionists, including many representatives from EPSU unions, gathered in Prague on 7 September as part of the pay campaign coordinated by the CMKOS confederation. End cheap labour is the campaign slogan and union data shows the extent to which pay trends in the country have lagged behind other parts of Europe. CMKOS notes that there has already been some progress this year with pay increases promised to civil servants and health workers and the target next year is for unions to negotiate pay increases of 5% to 5.5%. Read more at CMKOS (CZ).
Aug. 15, 2016 (August 2016) A survey of collective agreements across the Czech Republic for 2014-2015 shows ear-on-year, there was a significant increase in the number of collective agreements containing commitments on overall wage increases and commitments to increase salary tariffs. The survey also looked at salary bonuses and benefits as well as working hours and holidays where there were no significant developments over the period covered. Read more at Eurofound.
Jan. 28, 2016 At the end of December unions signed an historic first collective agreement with the government covering around 69000 state employees. The agreement establishes many existing working and employment conditions and is aimed specifically at improving social conditions and health and safety at work. It also provides for the possibility of discussions on indexation of civil service pay scales for the following year. The agreement runs for the calendar year 2016 and was negotiated by the state sector, health, defence and education unions.Read more at > statorg (CZ)And at > OSZ (CZ)And > Prague Post news website (EN)
Sep. 25, 2015 Wages in the public sector will increase by 3% in November with a further 2% for civil servants at the beginning of next year. The confirmation of the pay rise comes at a time when the CMKOS trade union confederation is launching a major campaign to win pay increases across the economy.Read more at > OSSOO (CZ)And at > Prague Monitor (EN)And at > CMKOS (CZ)
Jun. 25, 2015 The member organisations of the CMKOS trade union confederation aim to work together in a campaign to highlight the problem of low pay in the country. CMKOS has called a rally on 16 September in Prague that will be a key step towards coordinated action in 2016. An important aim will be to underline the impact of low wages not just on workers but also to highlight the negative impact on the economy and on productivity.Read more at > CMKOS (CZ)
Feb. 03, 2015 Following negotiations with the new government public service unions have negotiated increased salaries and wages for all public service employees. Wage rates increased for all employees either by 3.5% from November 2014 or by 5% from 1 January 2015. Unions report this as a successful outcome to their bargaining and plan to negotiate to rectify the cuts imposed by the previous government, which had a negative impact not just on staff but on citizens dependent on public services.
Apr. 30, 2014 CZ firefightersOn 10 April, the Interior Minister, Milan Chovanec announced that 6500 uniformed firefighters would benefit from a revised assessment of occupational risk and will be entitled to the highest category of special supplementary danger money. This will mean an increase of CZK 1000 CZK (€36) per month in salaries including bonuses for emergency service. The Minister of the Interior also announced a CZK 39 million (€1.4m) increase in the fire service budget.Read more at > OSH (CZ)
May. 02, 2013 The CMKOS trade union confederation is considering what kinds of protest action to organise over the summer in response to the government's continuing austerity measures and labour market reforms. The Confederation organised a massive demonstration last spring and this year it will coordinate a series of protests including possible strike action. More information is expected from 14 May and after the CMKOS assembly on 22 May.Read more at > Ceske Noviny news website (EN)
May. 15, 2012 Public service unions continue to be involved in the anti-austerity protests coordinated by the CMKOS trade union confederation. A week of action beginning 14 May will be followed by a another national demonstration on 22 May. The week of action will involve protestors occupying ministries as well as unions providing information to the public on the implication of the cuts to services. CMKOS will also consider the possibility of calling for a general strike.Read more at > Czech news webstie (EN)And at > CMKOS (CZ)