10 Jun 2011

Czech transport workers take on government

Prague public transport workers have called a strike for Monday in protest at government reforms which could spread into a nationwide protest. Prague’s tram, metro and bus workers will be striking against the center-right government’s raft of tax, pension, health and social security reforms. Unions made the announcement of the strike from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday on their website, Dp-arena.cz. They said they were sick of negotiating for months with a government that was not prepared to listen to their views.
“Will you get a new job if you are sacked when you are 60 years old? And if you can’t get a job, how do you think you will live following the demands concerning early and radically cut pension payments?” the unions said in a statement, adding that social conflict was now unavoidable.
The Czech news server iDnes.cz reported that transport workers in the country’s second-largest city, Brno, has also come out favor of a strike on Monday but that other transit staff around the country were postponing a decision until the results of further government talks became clear.

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