Czech press survey - April 28


28.04.2014 08:14

Prague - Josef Stredula, 46, a new chairman of the Bohemian-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS), is taking up the post in a situation that is hardly enviable, Miroslav Korecky writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today, pointing to the plummeting trade union membership.


Ilustrační foto - Předseda svazu KOVO a kandidát na předsedu Českomoravské konfederace odborových svazů (ČMKOS) Josef Středula vystoupil na šestém sjezdu ČMKOS, který se konal 25. dubna v Praze. ČTK Šimánek Vít

The fall may be largely attributed to the trade union idea being no longer attractive, especially for the young, Korecky writes.

The CMKOS is facing the problems that it has become an instrument of a single party, the Social Democrats (CSSD), he adds.

Obviously, its sells its services to them in exchange for hefty jobs in the civil service, Korecky writes.

As far as the Social Democrats are concerned, this state of affairs is beneficial to them. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's backs are protected and the party invites well-known faces from the CMKOS to the public scene like an NHL club that draws its players from its farm teams, he adds.

There is the question of how much longer the unprecedented symbiosis between the leftist Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD) and the CMKOS will survive, Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.

In fact, no conflict is on the horizon as the minimum wage will be increased by the government, the regular increases in pensions will be reinstated and the tripartite in which a harmony between employers and employees may be normal is about to be taken more seriously, Jelinek writes.

However, worse times may come. The coalition government is before another dispute over the state budget and further cost-saving measures will also be on the agenda, he adds.

Will this affect investments and people? The government dismisses the idea today. But will this be so even tomorrow? Jelinek asks.

If the trade unions want be active players, they will have to set down the objectives due to which they may be able to fight even the government that may be close to it, Jelinek writes.

Finance Minister Andrej Babis's ANO is steamrolling the Social Democrats for a number of reasons, Jiri Pehe writes in Pravo.

The movement Babis has created does not have to waste its time with such "trifles" as intra-party democracy, Pehe writes.

In fact, he himself is the ANO movement and it is unthinkable that anyone inside its opaque structures would oppose him, he adds.

However, the public seems to see this rather positively, Pehe writes.

ANO senior officials do not criticise Babis's positions and even their sudden changes, only explaining why the leader's decision was right, he adds.

A part of the Czech public that has not got used to democracy that is sometimes clumsy in its processes is evidently impressed by this state of affairs, Pehe writes.

Babis's success has revealed that many Czechs are frustrated by the twists and turns of democracy, he adds.

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