Czech transport workers to hold rare strike over benefits tax

Czech transport workers will halt trains and buses on March 1 to support their demand for a lower tax on benefits.

Czech transport workers to hold rare strike over benefits tax

Czech transport workers will halt trains and buses on March 1 to support their demand for a lower tax on benefits, in a rare case of unrest in a country that has seen little social tension throughout the economic crisis.

The transport union said the five-hour strike starting at 0300 GMT would be an initial warning to parliament to remove new increases on value added tax on benefits they receive, such as cheaper transport fares.

"The coalition of transport unions will meet in the afternoon (after the strike) and decide on potential further action," said transport union Vice-Chairwoman Lenka Klementova.

She said the strike would mainly hit the state-owned railways and transport in the capital Prague, which has a population of 1.3 million.

The Czech Republic has seen unemployment jump to 9.8 percent in January from 6.8 percent a year before. The economy shrank by 4.3 percent last year.

Strikes have been rare in the country of 10.5 million, which has relatively small differences in income among its people and a low proportion of the population threatened by poverty.

Reuters

Last Mod: 23 Şubat 2010, 20:57
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