Head of transport workers’ union: We are prepared to go on general strike

23-06-2011

The head of the transport workers’ union KDOS, Luboš Pomajbík, told journalists on Thursday that the transport unions are prepared for a general strike in collaboration with members from other unions. He added that the date was not yet clear. He said that even after a day-long, nationwide transport strike, the government coalition had not properly negotiated with the unions and that therefore, they are prepared to resort to a general strike in protest of planned reforms in the health, social and pension sector. The leader of the opposition Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, labeled the unions’ statements part of a long-term strategy for negotiations with employers and the government coalition. He said, however, that future strikes are likely should the negotiations fail to resolve key issues.