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40,000 Czechs fooled by Petr Necas, manifest in Prague.

 

“Estamos rechazando el robo de nuestras pensiones”, ha manifestado el sindicalista Josef Stredula, desde la plaza Wenceslas de Praga.”Pedimos al Gobierno que tenga en cuenta a la opinión pública y el diálogo social”.

 

 A trade union demonstration against the reforms planned by the Czech government, in which the organisers said some 40,000 took part, ended with the adoption of a resolution saying the reforms are treacherous and will harm employees and the disabled. "The reforms of health care and of the tax, pension and welfare systems are ill-conceived, shoddy, ideologically tinged, without any analysis of the impact on citizens," Josef Stredula, from the Kovo trade union organisation, quoted from the statement.

 

Una manifestación sindical contra las reformas previstas por el gobierno checo, en la que participaron 40,000 personas, terminó con la adopción de una resolución diciendo que las reformas son traicioneras y perjudicarán a empleados y discapacitados. "Las reformas de la atención de la salud y de impuestos, de pensiones y sistemas de protección social están mal concebidas, están teñidas ideológicamente, no tienen ningún análisis del impacto en los ciudadanos", dijo Josef Stredula, de la organización sindical Kovo.

22 de mayo de 2011
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Miles de personas han manifestado en Praga su negativa a que el Gobierno realice reformas, entre las que se encuentra, el aumento de la edad de jubilación y el recorte de la seguridad social  en la República Checa.

Los sindicatos han anunciado además que, en caso de que el Ejecutivo lleve a cabo sus planes, convocarán una huelga general.

Cerca de 40.000 personas han asistido a esta jornada de protesta en la capital checa, según los sindicatos.

“Estamos rechazando el robo de nuestras pensiones”, ha manifestado el sindicalista Josef Stredula, desde la plaza Wenceslas de Praga.”Pedimos al Gobierno que tenga en cuenta a la opinión pública y el diálogo social”, ha añadido.

Las reformas anunciadas tiene como objetivo prevenir el futuro endeudamiento de la República Checa —actualmente es la mitad de la media de la Unión Europea—,recortar el déficit del sector público, hasta el 4,2% del Producto Interior Bruto este año y equilibrar el presupuesto para 2016.

Los sindicatos han pedido además que se celebren elecciones anticipadas en el país. Los próximos comicios están programados para 2014.

El primer ministro checo Petr Necas tiene la confianza de solo una cuarta parte de la poblaciónen mientras  el gobierno de coalición de centro-derecha ni alcanza una quinta,  14 por ciento menos que en diciembre, según una encuesta realizada por el  Instituto de sondeo STEM a principios de mayo y publicado el jueves.

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Czech unions protest against govt prepared reforms in Prague ends

Demonstrace odborů proti vládním reformním záměrům se konala 21. května v Praze. Odbory se pro ni rozhodly po dubnovém jednání tripartity.

published: 21.05.2011, 14:30 | updated: 21.05.2011 15:55:09

Demonstraci ukončili odboráři a postižení zpěvem české hymny

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Prague - A trade union demonstration against the reforms planned by the Czech government, in which the organisers said some 40,000 took part, ended after one and a half hours with the adoption of a resolution saying the reforms are treacherous and will harm employees and the disabled.

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"The reforms of health care and of the tax, pension and welfare systems are ill-conceived, shoddy, ideologically tinged, without any analysis of the impact on citizens," Josef Stredula, from the Kovo trade union organisation, quoted from the statement.

The reforms "are to serve throwing health care, pensions and social care into the services of profit," Stredula read from the statement.

The participants in the event staged by the umbrella Bohemian and Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS) were chanting various slogans, whistling and blowing vuvuzelas.

They ended their protest with singing the Czech national anthem. They were signing petitions against the government and for early elections.

CMKOS chairman Jaroslav Zavadil accused government politicians of lie and other trade union leaders called for early elections to be held.

Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromir Drabek (TOP 09) wrote in a statement for CTK that the demonstration is nonsensical in the current situation.

"I prefer correct negotiations to shouts in squares. I would comprehend the demonstration if the government did not want to negotiate with the unions. But the negotiations were rejected exactly by the unions," he wrote.

Unionists walked out from a meeting of the tripartite, in which representatives of the government and employers are also represented, in protest against the draft reforms earlier in May.

Zavadil said today the government lied when it said it will not raise taxes on assuming power after the May 2010 elections.

The centre-right government comprises the Civic Democrats (ODS), TOP 09 and Public Affairs (VV).

"We want new elections...We will not be waiting until they steal everything away," said Bohumir Dufek, chairman of the Association of Independent Unions (ASO), the second strongest union organisation in the country.

He told CTK he does not expect the government to change its behaviour.

"We are preparing blockades," he said, adding that the protests need not stop at this.

Tereza Stoeckelova, from the ProALt initiative, even spoke about a possible general strike.

"Not only unions, but also some people from some civic associations and even certain rightist economists point to the danger of the (planned) pension reform," said Tana Fischerova, actress and former deputy for the Freedom Union, who moderated the protest.

The government wants to launch a "second pillar" of the pension system, in which people would save money for their retirement in private funds.

The "first pillar" is the pay-as-you-go system.

The unions say the government is unable to prevent the theft of money from public budgets, it is not seeking consensus with the opposition, social partners and nit even with the public.

The participants in the event also include disabled people who fear the government reforms will strip them of needed support.

Leftist politicians who usually attend similar demonstrations have not be much represented today.

Author: ČTK
www.ctk.cz

http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/czech-unions-protest-against-govt-prepared-reforms-in-prague-ends/640599

Czech workers rally against austerity plans
Protestors take part in a demonstration by the Czech Trade Union opposing the Czech government's planned social reforms and budget cuts, in Prague May 21.(Reuters)
Czech workers rally against austerity plans
Tens of thousands of Czechs marched in Prague on Saturday against the government's plans to reform pensions, healthcare and social benefits, saying they were anti-social and damaging for the economy.

Tens of thousands of Czechs marched in Prague on Saturday against the government's plans to reform pensions, healthcare and social benefits, saying they were anti-social and damaging for the economy.

Union leaders, who estimated more than 40,000 people gathered at the rally in the city centre, said its members would bear the brunt of the reforms in the European Union nation and called for a new election.

"We are refusing your pension theft," union leader Josef Stredula told the crowd at Prague's central Wenceslas Square.

"We reject the government's contempt of public opinion and social dialogue."

The Czech Republic's debt is about half of the EU average but is expected to rise without reforms. The government wants to cut the public sector deficit to 4.2 percent of gross domestic product this year and balance the budget by 2016.

The reforms include raising the retirement age, diverting part of pensions to private funds, raising payments for healthcare and tightening social benefits.

The centre-right cabinet aims to submit reforms to parliament in June, although progress has been hampered by infighting and corruption allegations among the three coalition parties.

If the coalition breaks up, the cabinet would lose its parliamentary majority. However, a drop in their popularity has given an incentive to all the ruling parties to avoid an early election. The next scheduled election is due in 2014.

The unions have said they could call a general strike if the government refuses to change its plans. The last general strike was in 1989 when millions of Czechs walked out to protest against the Communist government, one of the decisive moments in the collapse of communist rule.

Reuters

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Czechs protest against austerity plans

Michael Kahn
Reuters
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Tens of thousands of Czechs marched in Prague on Saturday against the government's plans to reform pensions, healthcare and social benefits, saying they were anti-social and damaging for the economy.
Union leaders, who estimated more than 40,000 people gathered at the rally in the city centre, said its members would bear the brunt of the reforms in the European Union nation and called for a new election.

"We are refusing your pension theft," union leader Josef Stredula told the crowd at Prague's central Wenceslas Square.

"We reject the government's contempt of public opinion and social dialogue."

The Czech Republic's debt is about half of the EU average but is expected to rise without reforms. The government wants to cut the public sector deficit to 4.2 percent of gross domestic product this year and balance the budget by 2016.

The reforms include raising the retirement age, diverting part of pensions to private funds, raising payments for healthcare and tightening social benefits.

The centre-right cabinet aims to submit reforms to parliament in June, although progress has been hampered by infighting and corruption allegations among the three coalition parties.

If the coalition breaks up, the cabinet would lose its parliamentary majority. However, a drop in their popularity has given an incentive to all the ruling parties to avoid an early election. The next scheduled election is due in 2014.

The unions have said they could call a general strike if the government refuses to change its plans. The last general strike was in 1989 when millions of Czechs walked out to protest against the Communist government, one of the decisive moments in the collapse of communist rule.

Read more: http://www.setyoufreenews.com/2011/05/czechs-protest-against-austerity-plans.html#ixzz1NE7a5Nnm

 

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