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State to make major investment in rental flats

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

With property prices soaring, more and more Czechs are finding it hard to find affordable housing. Now the government has come out with one possible solution – a programme of major investment in state apartments that would be rented out by municipalities.

Gov't agrees on public sector salary increases, cut in support for NGOs

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The centrist Ano party and its junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, have reached a framework agreement on increasing public sector salaries. While the specifics have not yet been made public, the coalition has agreed on a differentiated range of salary increases of about 8 per cent on average, with workers who now earn the least set to get the biggest raises.

Wage growth faster in public than private sector in 2017

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

Average earnings in the public sector have been rising more quickly than in the private sector in the Czech Republic, according to official figures quoted by the Czech News Agency. Wages rose by an average of 8.4 percent among public sector employees in 2017, compared to an average rise of 6.8 percent for those working in the private sphere.

Police investigate ex-wife's claim Paroubek had illegal earnings

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

The police have begun investigating claims by the ex-wife of former prime minister Jiří Paroubek that he illegally acquired millions of crowns while he was the leader of the Social Democrats, iRozhlas.cz reported, citing a state attorney. Petra Paroubková made the allegations in an interview last week. The pair are currently divorcing. Mr. Paroubek says his ex-partner is attempting to scupper his chances in Senate elections in October, when he will be standing as an independent.

Christian Democrats pledge to fight to preserve Senate

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

The leader of the opposition Christian Democrats, who is himself standing for the upper chamber later this year, says his party will fight for the Senate's continued existence. Pavel Bělobrádek said opponents of the the upper house of Parliament were out to destroy democracy, didn't wish to hear conflicting points of view and had a tendency to regard the Czech Republic as a conquered land.

President pardons sick man jailed for corruption

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

President Miloš Zeman has pardoned a man imprisoned for bribe taking, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said on Tuesday. The man was also found guilty of abuse of power and obstructing the execution of an official decision.

Ministry proposes 12 percent rise in minimum wage

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has put forward a new decree that would raise the minimum wage in the Czech Republic by over 12 percent. The previously announced change would see the minimum wage climb by CZK 1,500 to CZK 13,700.

Czechs dreaming of five-hour work day and unlimited holidays

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

Czech trade unions have been pushing for a shorter work week by two and a half hours, but a recent survey shows that Czech employees are dreaming of much more – a five-hour work day and unlimited holidays.

PM Andrej Babiš says Czechs ready to prepare plan to halt illegal migration to EU

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said that to bring a halt to illegal migration a comprehensive action plan for the entire European Union is needed – and the Czech Republic is ready to prepare such a proposal. To stem the tide, he has even floated the idea of the protection of EU borders being transferred to the Nato level.

Protesters call for Sentsov's release outside Russian embassy in Prague

Radio Prague |
29 August 2018

Dozens of people gathered outside the Russian embassy in Prague on Tuesday to demand the release of jailed Ukrainian film maker Oleg Sentsov and other prisoners of conscience. The gathering lasted exactly 107 minutes, symbolizing the 107 days that Sentsov has been on a hunger strike in a Siberian prison.

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