The German-based discount chain Lidl, has announced plans to significantly
increase starting salaries of its employees in the Czech Republic.
As of March, the average starting wage for cashiers in Lidl supermarkets will increase by nearly a quarter to 28,000 crowns. Prague will offer slightly higher salaries than the rest of the country, starting at more than 29,000 crowns.
The average gross wage in the Czech Republic currently stands at 29.050 crowns.
Jamaican singer, songwriter and actress Grace Jones is set to appear at
this year’s Colours of Ostrava festival, the organizers announced on
The festival, one of the biggest events of its kind in Central Europe will take place between June 18 and 21. Among the guests who will appear in the north Moravian city is the British singer-songwriter George Ezra and the English punk-rock duo Slaves.
The Ministry of Interior has issued its first verdict in the case of around
70 Chinese Christians, who lodged asylum requests in the Czech Republic on
the grounds that they fear persecution at home. The ministry on Wednesday
denied the request to one of them, arguing that there was no proof that
they were persecuted in China.
The Chinese Christian, who applied for asylum in the Czech Republic, have been waiting for the verdict for two years. Hana Franková of the Organisation Aid to Refugees told the website Aktualne.cz that those whose request is denied will appeal the verdict in court.
Czech are the biggest Eurosceptics in Central Europe, suggests a survey
carried out by the think tank Europeum, which was presented on Wednesday.
According to the survey, 54 percent of Czechs would vote for staying in the EU, while 34 would vote against. Young people and pensioners are among the biggest supporters of Czech EU membership, while most Eurosceptics can be found in the age group from 36 to 50 years of age.
Prague taxi drivers are planning to stage fresh protests against the
app-based services such as Uber and Taxify, the deputy leader of an
association of taxi drivers, Karolína Vencelová, told the Czech News
Agency on Wednesday. The protests are likely to start on Monday. Official
taxi drivers, who have to pay the city for their licenses, say competition
from unofficial drivers is undercutting their business.
The drivers have been pressing city and national authorities to put both types of taxi drivers on the same footing. Several protests, which included blocking the traffic in the city, have already taken place in the previous weeks.
English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist Mark Gattis, will be
among the guests of this year’s Febiofest international film festival,
the organisers announced on Wednesday.
Mr Gattis, who he is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen, will present his BBC drama series Queers that looks at life for gay men and women in the UK.
Mark Gattis is best known for writing for and acting in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock. He also appeared in the HBO series Games of Thrones.
Compulsory lessons in metalwork and other crafts are set to return to Czech
elementary schools, iRozhlas.cz reported on Wednesday. “Practical
studies” should make a comeback to school curriculums within two years
after agreement was reached between the prime minister in resignation,
Andrej Babiš, and representatives of trades organisations, the news
Mr. Babiš said the lack of apprentices in the Czech Republic was a major problem for the economy, which is facing a labour shortage, and that his ANO party had long been in favour of dual education, which combines class work and on-the-job training.
The Czech Republic have made it into the semi-finals of the ice hockey
competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Coach Josef Jandač’s
men reached the last four after overcoming the United States 3:2 in a
shootout on Wednesday after goalie Francouz kept out all of the
Americans’ efforts and Koukal was the only player to convert. The
Czechs’ goals had come through Kolář and Kundrátek.
On Friday the Czech Republic will face Russia for a place in the final.
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