Results from last week’s parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic
show that the social democrats (CSSD) won with 30.4%, followed by the
communist party (KSCM) (18.8%), which is the highest vote for the KSCM
since the collapse of Stalinism in 1989.
On Saturday 13 September 15 to 20,000 Trade Union members demonstrated
in Prague. The protest was against an austerity package proposed by the
government. These reforms were renamed by trade unionists as "deforms”
as they carried a coffin to Premier Vladimir Spidla adorned with slogans
Prague - The independent federation of tram drivers (FRT) organised a
one day strike on February 4 over wage claims. The main demand is that
tram drivers wages would be equalized with the wages of other transport
workers, like bus drivers in Prague. Picket lines were attacked by
scabs, security guards hired by...
In the Czech Republic, political competition has made television into an
unscrupulous battleground for ambitious bureaucrats, reflecting a
government led by rival parties, the rightist ODS and the leftist CSSD,
who each want so badly to govern that they have forged an unlikely
At least one quarter of the Czech Republic was flooded last week after
flash floods. 14 people died because of the disaster (some of them did
not leave flooded houses, and one died when a boat was bombed by the
authorities as a ‘safety preventative measure’). The fire fighters and
other emergency workers did...