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Jižní expres v Českých Budějovicích. Autor: Šindelář

Signature: D has a collective agreement. According to Bednarek, no one is satisfied

Nearly 4,200 employees who were previously eligible to take six weeks off will get five new weeks.

The Czech Railways Administration signed tonight a collective agreement with the heads of trade unions for the next year. The railways said in a press release that wages will rise by three to four percent.

According to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ČD, Ivan Bednarek, the collective bargaining took place in a difficult period of the Covid-19 epidemic. “The measures to combat epidemics and the change in people’s travel habits, resulting directly or indirectly, have deprived us of sales amounting to billions of crowns. At the same time, there is a sharp increase in external costs, which we cannot be affected in any way. And this Of course it limits the employer’s ability to increase salaries and extend benefits.” Bednárik said.

According to him, the negotiations were a difficult struggle and the result was a compromise. “No one leaves the table satisfied. Maintaining company jobs and social peace, that’s what I call today’s result,” Director added.

According to the railways, the collective agreement of the company will ensure an increase in wages in tariff categories from 1 to 12, that is, for most employed workers, by 4 percent in 2022. For other employees, the wage growth rate will be between 3 and 3.5 percent. Most of the existing provisions and benefits for employees, such as long hours of work, and various forms of contributions, including supplemental pension insurance, are maintained without significant changes.

The amendments will affect the furlough of employees who do not directly operate trains. Nearly 4,200 employees who were previously eligible to take six weeks off will get five new weeks. However, if an employee runs out of vacation in a given year, he or she will be able to take another week of paid vacation in the last quarter. At the same time, there has also been an adjustment in the fitness stays of a group of employees who do not have the greatest responsibility for the safety of train traffic. There are no changes in the people who take care of the process.

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The concluded collective agreement means an increase in staff costs for České dráhy of up to 400 million CZK.


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