One hundred thousand public sector employees to take part in day-long strike
The country’s trade unions have said that 100,000 public sector employees will take part in Wednesday’s day-long strike protesting a 10 percent cut by the government in next year’s budget. Union representatives have warned that the cuts, hand-in-hand with an amendment to the Labour Code, will heavily impact public sector salaries.
Speaking at a meeting of the umbrella union ČMKOS on Tuesday, union leader Jaroslav Zavadil said that along with strikers, an additional 100,000 employees not taking part would at least pledge support. He noted that the minister for labour and social affairs had barred employees from some state branches from striking, namely staff at Social Services and Employment Offices. In addition to the strike on Wednesday, demonstrations have been scheduled to take place in 21 towns and cities.