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Opposition calls for early elections as industrial tensions mount


Bohuslav Sobotka

Bohuslav Sobotka

The leader of the Czech opposition Social Democrat (CSSD) party, Bohuslav Sobotka today called for early elections as the government he says is unable to cope with the continuing social unrest.

The government’s obtaining of an injunction banning the proposed strike by transport workers on Monday, has been met with plans for an even greater disruption this Thursday. Although the lawyers are scurrying around to try make some sense of Czech strike lawspiderman bounce house for sale, opposition is growing following the heavy handed judicial recourse by the government.

Sobotka criticised Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek for the way in which the court ruling saying that the planned Monday transport strike was illegal to the trade unions was delivered.

workers in strike © ČMKOS
workers in strike © ČMKOS

“It has turned out that the government is unable to cope with the social situation,” Sobotka said.

“It is escalating social tension, while a number of government members are even succumbing to the temptation of adding fuel to the flames,” Sobotka said.

The planned strike is part of the trade union movement’s campaign against a raft of legislation that will effect pay, conditions and services. Thursday’s protest will mean that trains will not operate across the Czech Republic and public transport will be fully or significantly effected in Prague, Brno and some other towns on Thursday. Independent Unions’ Association (ASO) head Bohumir Dufek said 120,000 people would join the strike.

“It would be good in such a situation if there were an agreement on early elections as early as possible,” Sobotka saidZubehör.

Sobotka said the Social Democrats were demanding new parliamentary elections “in the shortest time.”

“We cannot afford to linger on in the ongoing chaos,” Sobotka said.

Sobotka said Kalousek had only escalated the dispute between the government and trade unions, while Prime Minister Petr Nečas has dismissed union pleas for a re-drafting of the legislation insisting that the reforms will go through.

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