Prague - Czech trade unions threaten with protests this autumn unless all public sector employees´ pay is raised by 3.5 percent in 2015, Josef Stredula, chairman of the umbrella Bohemian and Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS), said after talks with Senate head Milan Stech today.
"The situation is serious and the Bohemian and Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions is impatient. Unless the situation is resolved, trade unions will launch protest actions at the beginning of this autumn," Stredula told public Czech Television (CT).
The unions have spoken very positively about their cooperation and negotiations with the centre-left government of Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) to date. Many of the government´s plans are identical with the trade unions´.
The government counts in the draft 2015 state budget with raising the sum for salaries by 3.5 percent. Stredula said this does not guarantee that all employees would see this increase.
The unions want to debate the sufficient amount of money for raising the salaries with the government at a meeting of the tripartite in end-July.
The tripartite brings together representatives of the government, employers and trade unions.
The unions also want to take up the issue during the discussion on the state budget in early September.
The union leaders have asked Labour and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksova Tominova (CSSD) for mediating a meeting with Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO).
Stech, who was CMKOS chairman in the past, supported the unions´s demands today and said he will alert politicians to the situation.
"If we want to come closer to the living standards in western countries, salaries must be growing more quickly," Stech told CT after the meeting with unions.
He added that politicians should be more daring in raising salaries.