Jurečka and the trade unions will meet and discuss the solution of the situation of labor offices


Updates: 27.04.2022 00:08

Prague – The Minister of Labor Marian Jurečka (KDU) and trade unions will discuss the solution of the situation at labor offices today. The unions last week decided on a strike alert, which they are going to declare in the labor offices on May 1. They complain about the overload of officials and the freezing of salaries, they demand an increase in earnings this year. In a personal letter to the employees, Jurečka suggested four measures. He promised extraordinary rewards, digitization of benefits, negotiation of salaries and adjustment of salary scales.

Labor offices have been facing an influx of applicants in recent weeks, with queues forming at branches. In addition to regular benefits, officials also deal with housing allowances and emergency aid due to higher energy prices, humanitarian benefits for refugees from Ukraine and solidarity allowances for refugee accommodation. For this year, the salaries of office workers as well as cultural workers, non-teachers and some other professions in the public sector have frozen. According to unions, last year the average salary per job was in the labor offices in comparison with ministries and other offices, and young people start for 18,000 or 19,000 crowns gross per month.

In a personal letter to labor office employees, the minister on Tuesday mentioned four steps to resolve the situation. These include extraordinary rewards. According to the Ministry of Labor, 71.1 million crowns went to them in the first quarter and the average amount in the March payment was 13,270 crowns. Jurečka also expects extraordinary remuneration in the coming months. Office congestion should eliminate electronic benefit handling. In the meantime, it is possible for the solidarity contribution and the humanitarian benefit, and further support should follow. According to the minister, the government will return to the debate on wages in the first half of the year when preparing the budget amendment, which will depend on the development of the economy. From next year, the salary scales could be adjusted so that the earnings in the labor office were compared with the income in other offices, Jurečka promised.

An extraordinary increase in public sector earnings due to high inflation was demanded two weeks ago by the trade union confederation’s tripartite leaders. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) then said that the cabinet would consider possible measures to reduce the price increase, but did not want to take general steps. He fears a further rise in inflation. In March, it reached 12.7 percent year on year.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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