The strike declared by the Coalition of Transport Trade Unions was banned by a court injunction upon a request from the Finance Ministry. The Court in its decision stated that the strike was declared late and in breach with good manners. The judges applied - according to trade union opinion incorrectly - the Law on collective bargaining, the only piece of legislation governing strikes in the Czech Republic. However, this strike is not within collective bargaining, it is based on the right to strike contained in the Constitution of the Czech Republic.
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)
The Coalition of Transport Trade Unions consisting of the affiliates of the CMKOS (Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions), of the ASO (Association of Autonomous Trade Unions) and trade unions without affiliation operating in the transport declared a one-day strike in this sector to be held on 13 June (it is not a holiday day in the Czech Republic). The strike is declared against the austerity measures, restriction and ill-conceived reforms of pensions, health service and taxes, against liquidation of employees’ benefits, and other so called reforms under preparation.
On 21st May 2011 Czech trade unions organised a demonstration against the reforms of health care, taxation, pension and social systems proposed by the Czech Government. The demonstration was supported also by several civil society organisations and associations. On the Wenceslas square, a memorial place in the centre of the City of Prague, around 48 000 people assembled. Among many speakers were also the ETUC Deputy General Secretary and Vice President of the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Slovak Republic. We also thank for messages of solidarity and support we received from the ICTU and other trade union colleagues from abroad.
At the end of the demonstration the participants adopted the "Declaration of participants of the Demonstration "Against Treacherous Reforms".
The CMKOS President Jaroslav Zavadil addressed an open letter to the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas asking him to stop the anti-social reforms. The letter describes principal reservations of the CMKOS to the draft laws on the reforms currently debated in the Government and Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament.
On 21st May 2011 the citizens, employees, voters want to express strongly their discontent with the reforms proposed by the Government on the CMKOS demonstration to be held at 13.00 on Wenceslas square in Prague.
The CMKOS convenes a demonstration against the reforms proposed by the Government. The demonstration will be held on 21st May 2011 at 13.00 on Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague.
According to the CMKOS the Czech Government is not able to prevent stealing of money from public budgets. While sweeping its scandals under the carpet the Government very diligently makes decisions on reforms - without any consensus with social partners, without an analysis of reforms' impacts on citizens. It plans to get the reforms of health care, taxation, pension and social systems approved by this June!
On 1st April 2011 the CMKOS launched the campaign the aim of which is to inform employees and public about the dangers of reforms proposed by the Government, to start a discussion about these reforms, to prevent and stop the irreversible steps and to take share in such reforms that will bring benefit to all Czech citizens. Further you can find some CMKOS remarks to the proposed reforms.