Illustration photo – Chairman of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS) Josef Středula.
Prague – The leadership of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS) is preparing to present its proposals for the recovery of state finances at a press conference this afternoon. The trade unionists do not agree with the measures from the government's consolidation package. They criticize the changes in the value added tax, the reduction of the amount for salaries, the introduction of sick pay for employees or the cancellation of tax incentives for employee bonuses. In protest against the government's plans, the trade unions declared a strike alert.
ČMKOS is the largest trade union headquarters in the country. It covers 31 unions with about 270,000 members. Unions are threatening a general strike over the package. The Cabinet called for negotiations. Trade unionists from all over the country should decide on the next course of action in Prague on May 30. According to the leaders, the government package is mainly aimed at employees and their families as well as pensioners.
According to the confederation, the cancellation of the super-gross wage with a reduction in income tax and other tax adjustments are among other things behind the budget collapse. The headquarters mentions, for example, an increase in the flat rate for the self-employed or a discount on levies for part-time employees, and proposes their abolition. It has previously advocated, for example, progressive taxation and opposed the outflow of profits of foreign companies from the Czech Republic to abroad.