Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions
Voluntary, open, independent, democratic confederation of trade unions protecting wage, working and living conditions and rights of employees
Important social partner in tripartite negotiations in the framework of the Council of Economic and Social Agreement of the Czech Republic
Operates in the regions of the Czech Republic through Regional Councils of Trade Unions (RROS) and Offices for Legal Assistance
Member of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)
To our Spanish sisters and brothers:
We believe your democracy and its institutions to prove to be resilient enough not to succumb to such acts of desperate and senseless violence.
A year ago, CMKOS launched a campaigned with a clear and resolute slogan: “End of Cheap Labour”. The purpose of the campaign was to encourage trade union negotiators and give them arguments supporting their demands of wage growth.
On September 7th, 2016 CMKOS organized a manifestation meeting in Prague attended by nearly a thousand trade unionists from all regions and sectors. International support was manifested by Jozef Kollár, president of the Slovak trade union confederation, Catelene Passchier, vice-president of Dutch FNV, and Marcus Schlimbach from DGB.
What are the results of the first year of the CMKOS’ campaign? The average wage grew by 4.4 % (3.9 % in real terms), which is the highest increase in 9 years, and trade unions played an important role.
CMKOS is raising awareness about the wage convergence, which is happening at an unacceptably slow pace. The calculations from last year show that if the Czech wages grow the way they did in the previous ten years the Czech Republic will catch up with Germany in 100 years.
This is why the End of Cheap Labour campaign continues. CMKOS recommends its negotiators to demand 5 – 5.5 % wage growth in 2017.
What are the causes of a long-term conservation of low wages in the Czech Republic? Why is a change in the profile of Czech economy an absolute necessity? Are there ways out of the cheap labour trap? Why do we keep lagging behind in the labour productivity? We present a coherent analysis published by CMKOS on 19 November 2015.
The 6th CMKOS Congress held in Prague on 25 and 26 April 2014 adopted the Programme for the CMKOS activities in next four years, adopted the declaration on the European Parliament elections and elected new CMKOS leadership as follows:
President: Mr Josef STŘEDULA Vice-Presidents: Mr Vít SAMEK, Ms Radka SOKOLOVÁ
In the recent early general elections in the Czech Republic the CMKOS President, Mr Jaroslav Zavadil, was elected Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic on the list of the Czech Social Democratic Party. Thus after long years of work in trade unions he stepped down from his trade union position. The CMKOS Assembly held on 19th November decided that until the Congress convened for 25th and 26th April 2014 the CMKOS will be led by its 1st Vice President Mr Václav Pícl.