Trade unions hold demonstration in Prague over costs of living

Several thousand trade union members along with supporters of the Social Democrats and the Communists gathered on Prague's Wenceslas Square on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against rising prices and the decline in living standards in Czechia.

The event was convened by the Czech Confederation of Trade Unions, the largest trade union headquarters in the country, which has around 270,000 members. The head of the unions, Josef Středula, is currently collecting signatures to run for president.

The union members have called on the government to start taking decisions that will prevent people from falling into poverty. They want the state to regulate the cost of essential products and increase the minimum wage to CZK 18,200.

Author: Ruth Fraňková