published: 19.09.2013, 07:32 | updated: 19.09.2013 07:56:38
Prague - Not only the private owner of the Paskov coal mine, north Moravia, which will be shut down, but also the Czech state has social responsibility for the situation where some 3,500 miners will lose jobs, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
He admits that it is not possible to keep operating the mine which has been unprofitable in the long run.
The situation of the dismissed miners naturally provokes compassion. However, it also provokes more complex questions, Honzejk notes.
He asks whether a private firm has even social, "non-business" commitments.
He answers that in his opinion the burden of social responsibility lies on the fragile axis: the employee - the employer -the state.
The state should have offered well-functioning restructuring programmes and a transition to other economics activities in the Ostrava coal-mining locality, Honzejk points out.
An agreement to prevent personal tragedies is urgently needed in the area along with an open mind like in Norway where a similar problem was successfully solved in the past, Honzejk writes in conclusion.
The Czech Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) is itself running a negative campaign that harms its image, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
"The fan club of the current President Milos Zeman behaves like a group of mafiosos who are fighting for the posts on the list of candidates a month ahead of the early general election," Zverina says.
He recalls that the "lovelorn" senator Vladimir Dryml (SPOZ) revealed in the public that the party was serving two dubious businessmen for money.
Lobbyist Miroslav Slouf, who in 1998-2002 headed the team of then PM Zeman´s advisers and whom the SPOZ leadership did not approve as the Prague election leader recently, has definitely much information in which the media and the SPOZ´s political competitors would be interested, Zverina writes.
He adds that what the angry senator Dryml disclosed was a well-known fact earlier, anyway.
"The party based on the personality cult has a problem," Zverina writes in conclusion on the SPOZ.
Czech parties should not begrudge private election campaigns as they are discredited in society so much that there is no wonder that some candidates prefer running independently to entering their lists of candidates, Zbynek Petracek writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He admits that private campaigns mean a certain inequality because not every candidate has enough financial means for them.
On the other hand, the inequality principle is also applied in the decision-making on the parties´ lists of candidates, he adds.
The abuse of private campaigning should be eliminated by self-regulatory mechanisms of political parties but it seems that they do not work very well.
However, neither the elections nor campaigns are to blame for it but this is the political parties´ own fault, Petracek concludes in LN.
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