Union groups call for hike in minimum wage to 11,500 crowns a month

Union leaders and representatives from across the Czech Republic called Wednesday for an increase in minimum wages in the private sector from the start of next year to 11,500 crowns a month from the current level of 9,900 crowns. The meeting in Prague was organised by the Czech and Moravian Confederation of Trades Union, the biggest association grouping individual trades unions in the country, under the overall banner of “End Cheap Labour.” The government has been indicating that it wishes to seek a hike in the minimum wage to 11,000 crowns. Employers’ organisations dismissed the demand as unrealistic, adding that it would represent an increase of around seven percent while current wages settlements are running at around four percent. The government has set a target for minimum wages to reach around 40 percent of the average wage. The meeting also called for average across the board wage rises next year of around 5.0 percent.

Author: Chris Johnstone