Union representatives walk out of tripartite meeting
Union representatives walked out of Friday’s tripartite meeting with government officials and employers after only two hours calling the government’s austerity measures anti-social and unacceptable. Prime Minister Petr Nečas has labeled the step a “theater performance” and said that the unions had already entered the negotiations with the government and employer associations planning to leave them prematurely. By contrast, he praised the constructive attitude of employer organizations.
The unions have announced a major demonstration to take place on April 21. The government is planning to reduce the state budget deficit as planned despite the fact that economic forecasts for this year are worse than anticipated and has approved additional austerity measures of a total of 23.6 billion Czech crowns.