published: 24.08.2013, 16:31 | updated: 24.08.2013 16:33:49
Prague - Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) promised to create new jobs, to raise the minimum wage to 12,000 crowns a month, to lower the VAT on drugs and to cancel the health care fees in their 11-point draft election manifesto unveiled by party leader Bohuslav Sobotka today.
Sobotka said the party had chosen its election slogan "We Will Implement a Well-Working State" because it represented the real demand of the general public after seven years of the rule of the right that caused a disintegration and destruction of the state.
"It is vital for the state to start working for the citizens," Sobotka said.
The CSSD manifesto includes support to the creation of new jobs and the start of economic growth by means of public investments.
"We want to put in order the collection of taxes," Sobotka said, adding that the party wanted to introduce tax returns.
It wants to lower the current 15 percent VAT on drugs, Sobotka said.
"We want to ensure the checking of the quality of food, we want the state to really rigorously check the prices of energy, water and heat," he added.
Sobotka said the party wanted to help young families by an increased support to part-time work and easier placing of children in kindergartens.
He went on to promise to pensioners the reintroduction of index-linked pensions.
"If they win the general trust, the Social Democrats will try to gradually increase the minimum wage so that it reaches at least 12,000 crowns a month by 2018, Sobotka said.
Sobotka said the party wanted to protect people more against money-lenders and to introduce a stricter supervision of distrainers.
Sobotka said the party would unveil its full manifesto in Ostrava, north Moravia, on September 7.
According to the latest polls, the Social Democrats are clear favourites of the early election that is likely to be held in late October.
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