Trade unionists are planning a strike on November 27 due to cuts in the amount of 8.5 billion from the money intended for the salaries of civil servants. The head of trade unions, Josef Středula, therefore met with President Pavlo on Tuesday to inform him of the reasons for the protests.
The only lucky ones among public sector workers are teachers. The government coalition of five promised them an increase in wages up to 130 percent of the average wage. And he keeps his promise. This should add about three thousand to the teachers’ payroll.
However, the situation is different for non-teaching staff. They can say goodbye to the extra money. For example, a chef in a school canteen in the highest salary category now earns 36,000 gross. With the cuts of the Ministry of Finance, they will be upset next year. “The impacts will be there and the places are not secured, so there is no money for them, so their salary will drop to 24,000 gross,” pointed out the vice president of the school unions, Markéta Seidlová.
Trade unionists are already planning a strike over the cuts. D-Day is scheduled for November 27. “People generally perceive that the uncontrolled inflation on the part of the government is a huge problem. People are extremely dissatisfied, and that is why the mood in society is so dramatic,” said the chairman of the trade unions, Josef Středula.
Originally, the police and firemen were to lose money. However, Deputy Prime Minister Vít Rakušan (STAN) will give them more than 900 million crowns from his budget of the Ministry of the Interior for salaries. “I met with representatives of the police and fire department trade unions. I assured them that even in the tight budget situation, my promise is valid and that the salaries of firefighters and police officers will be the same in 2024 as this year,” said the Austrian.
There will be redundancies in clerical positions, for example, within the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL). About a thousand people will be fired there. The money saved will go towards rewards. The foreman Josef Středula discussed the drop in real wages on Tuesday at Prague Castle and at the Straka Academy.