Czech Post – illustration photo.
Prague – Česká pošta will increase tariff wages by an average of five percent from April 1. At the same time, post office employees will receive more valuable 100-crown meal vouchers instead of 90-crown ones, but they will contribute to them the same as the previous 20 CZK. The company will spend CZK 397.3 million on wage increases and higher meal allowances until December. Company spokesman Matyáš Vitík told ČTK today.
The trade unions accepted the company management's proposal as quite insufficient. They see it as the first step to get closer to their proposal, which is a ten percent wage increase. Both parties agreed that negotiations on wages, taking into account the economic situation of the company, will continue in June, added the spokesman for ČTK. ČTK is investigating the union's current statement.
Last year, Czech Post did not raise wages, it only paid employees extraordinary bonuses. According to trade unionists, the average salary of postmen has long been lower than the national average. According to them, it is now roughly CZK 8,000 below the average wage in the Czech Republic, which exceeds CZK 40,000.
Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) announced at the beginning of February that the state will start a large-scale transformation of the Czech Post this year. Its goal will be to reduce costs and modernize its services. The possible division of the state enterprise and services will also be addressed.
Czech Post reduced its loss by half to 681 million crowns last year. In the previous year, it reported a drop of 1.37 billion crowns. Operating revenues increased by 400 million to 19.55 billion crowns. The state-owned enterprise operates 3,200 branches and employs approximately 25,000 people. The state is entitled to reimbursement of costs for the provision of basic services up to CZK 1.5 billion. According to the Austrian's proposal, the limit for compensation should be removed.