Czech Republic

Unions demonstrate against reforms


Around 40,000 trade union members from the Bohemian and Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS) marched in Prague yesterday against government reforms.

The three party reforms will cross healthcare, taxes, pensions and welfare systems. The unions walked out of talks earlier in the month between the government, employers and the unions. Labour and Social Affairs Minister, Jaromir Drabek (TOP 09) said that he was happy to negotiate with the unions, but it was they who had walked out of the talks.

The centre-right government which comprises the Civic Democrats (ODS), TOP 09 and Public Affairs (VV) has been experiencing internal problems recently with ministers resigning and difficulties between the three parties.

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