Policy statement demands privatisation of Czech Airlines

Another consequential point of the Prime Minister’s policy statement was that the government can no longer postpone the privatisation of the national carrier, Czech Airlines. Pilots’ labour unions have been at loggerheads with the company’s management for months over the means by which to save the airline from economic ruin, and the latest agreement saw the unions submit to the key issue of wage cuts, on the condition however that the company remains in state hands. With the exception of Czech Airlines and a major tender for environmental waste removal, the Prime Minister said that the government does not intend to begin any new privatisation.