photo: Фото Блеск – Jan Vilimek
When Maláčová announced a massive inspection of compliance with working conditions in July, she received a wave of criticism. Opponents accused her of abusing state control before the election and raiding the State Labor Inspection Authority and police officers into companies barely recovering from the effects of the covid epidemic and government lockdowns.
Her advisor Martin Stropnický, a left-wing radical and fighter against capital, who does not mind a government alliance with the owner of an empire of 250 companies, did not escape criticism either. Stropnický, who is behind Maláčová, at the head of the Prague CSSD candidate, signed up to author the disputed project.
Both of them defended themselves that it was by no means a pre-election event, but the exact opposite is also true from a formal point of view. They are convicted of lying by the website www.ferovaprace.info, where they describe these control activities in a video. The site is operated by the CSSD on a domain registered at the end of July.
The question therefore arises as to whether the Social Democracy charged all the costs associated with the inspections of hundreds of civil servants to election expenses. Or will these self-proclaimed labor compliance officers find a loop to circumvent the law? They acted unlawfully during their personal participation in these events.
State control is governed by strict rules. Only people with a written authorization from the inspection body may participate, which no one has documented, and there is no legal reason for this, especially with the Minister’s Adviser. Although a member of the government may control the performance of his subordinates, none of the participants in the control may violate the rules of confidentiality, publish photos online and comment on its progress. No problem for Maláčová.
Maláčová has now published the results of this event. It was attended by almost three hundred labor inspectors and more than a hundred members of the Aliens Police, who inspected a total of 167 employers, including 30 main and 93 subcontractors of labor and agencies. According to published findings, three quarters of them violated labor regulations.
She immediately earned sharp criticism from the Chamber of Commerce. “In this election campaign, which was purposefully created with the aim of gaining political points to exacerbate the conflict between employers and employees, the credibility of state control was clearly damaged, but it should be based on impartiality. Because the inspections were not impartial, any data and conclusions from the inspections will not be credible to us. If it were not just political theater, the Minister would have been solving this problem with employers for several years. However, that did not happen, “said the chamber.
The violation of the impartiality of Maláčová’s procedure can also be seen in the fact that her department serves as a point of appeal for companies contradicting the inspection’s conclusions. In these cases, where the results of the inspections have been publicly sanctioned by the master, the objectivity of the appeal process is practically ruled out.
The spicy culmination of the “political theater” is the intervention of the inspection against the Brano company, owned by the billionaire and MP for the YES movement, Pavel Juříček. He faces up to a fine of up to two million for violating working conditions.
Juříček decided to file a complaint with the Office of the Government against the action of the Minister and her adviser. “Many of us have been hit hard by the pandemic, and instead of supporting the business environment, the Minister is throwing sticks at our entrepreneurs and leading a kind of pre-election hunt for employers,” said owner Brana.
However, if someone thought that Maláčová and Stropnický had played a daring game of “fall for whom you should fall” and do not spare government circles, you would have to be quickly misled. Juříček ends up in politics, he will no longer run for office and he does not break up with the YES movement for good.
Contrary to Babiš’s and Havlíček’s propaganda in the spring, he criticized government compensation to companies that, in his opinion, did not help entrepreneurs much. “Under the pressure of the coalition partner, the YES movement became partly populist and partly left-wing,” Juříček told Novinky in June. How will his complaint to the Office of the Government turn out?
By the way, Juříček is not the only businessman in the YES jersey, who has now “seen” after his experience with the approach to business – albeit somewhat late. The owner of the bakery company Jiří Bláha will no longer be a candidate. “We feel that YES is not business. Ninety percent of YES are people who have not done business in their lives and are of the opinion that self-employed people are above standard, “he revealed the virtual moods within the movement.
Agrofert at rest
While a critic of the government and relations in YES ran into inspections, Agrofert was spared, although the poor position of his agency workers has been publicized in the past. Two years ago, the German station Deutsche Welle described the indecent working conditions of Vietnamese employed in one of the key food companies of the Vodňanská drůbeži holding.
According to the testimonies of these former employees, they received a lower salary above the minimum wage for work in a “dirty and unhygienic environment” than promised, and they had to pay hundreds of thousands of crowns to provide this work. Babiš always rejected such messages as fictional.
What to add? The Social Democrats have held the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for almost eight years, and this sudden hectic project is a de facto admission that state controls do not work under their supervision. However, marketing activities will not solve any real problem.
It is as if the Minister of Finance was personally involved in the hoaxing of the financial administration and customs officers at companies suspected of tax evasion, publishing photos from inspections and assuring that she would finally turn to tax fraudsters. Although it is not too late for Alena Schillerová to enjoy popularizing Potemkin events.
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