“We have to say how the salaries of civil servants will increase, if we go for such a big reduction, then of course I will push so that growth does not even exist, because take that it would be a reduction of more than five percent,” says Finance Minister Alena Schiller (for YES). The exception should be teachers, where the agreement on growth is nine percent.
The option of freezing salaries for next year is problematic for the coalition CSSD, which has previously criticized the prime minister’s plan to reduce the tax to fifteen percent due to shortfalls in state budget revenues. And union leaders then differ on whether to freeze the salaries of civil servants after tax cuts for next year.
“It simply came to our notice then. If the government expects GDP growth for next year, then it is no different than to support consumption. Mere manipulation of taxes cannot do that, “says the chairman of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions, Josef Středula.
“It simply came to our notice then. When the proposal passes, it will also concern the private sector, and in fact it will be a widespread increase in wages throughout the country, “says Bohumír Dufek, chairman of the Association of Independent Trade Unions of the Czech Republic.
Vojtěch Rossenberger, who works in trade unions and works as an employee at the tax office in Olomouc, is also criticizing the fact that salaries may not increase next year. “Fifteen percent and the freeze is unacceptable to unions. In the public sector, it is an investment in human resources that always pays off for the state, ”explains Rossenberger.
The coalition Social Democrats also support lower taxes, the prime minister’s plan was too much for them due to the loss of tens of billions from the state budget, so they wanted to know how to replace the revenues. The plan that in such a case next year would not increase salaries in the public sphere, but they consider it problematic.
“Even in the case of police officers and other professions working in the public sphere, it would be problematic for us, but it is really a debate within the coalition,” states CSSD party deputy chairman and foreign minister Tomáš Petříček.
The opposition ODS has previously proposed the abolition of the super-gross wage and the 15 percent rate itself. He agrees not to increase the salaries of civil servants in such a case.
“The nominal values of those wages would not have to increase, but everyone would have seven percent more net, regardless of whether they work for the state or work in the private sector,” says Zbyněk Stanjura (ODS), 1st party chairman and chairman of the parliamentary club. .
Pirates would also support a 19% tax rate – if the taxpayer discount were to increase at the same time. “It would be reasonable to be about nineteen percent and to valorise the basic discount for the taxpayer on the average wage,” says Mikuláš Ferjenčík (Pirates), Deputy Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
The planned tax changes are still not clear, communists and the People’s Party warn
People’s people also talk about the possibility of growing discounts and criticize that the planned tax changes are still not clear. “Even we as deputies do not know the exact parameters, whether fifteen or nineteen percent, and how this would be reflected in the salaries of civil servants,” said KDU-ČSL party chairman Marian Jurečka.
Communists, who tolerate the minority cabinet, but want the salaries of civil servants to rise by at least inflation, even when taxes are reduced. “Inflation in our country is over three percent, it is expected to be 3.8 percent, so if nothing else, there will certainly be pressure from our side to cover inflation,” explains the chairwoman of the parliamentary budget committee Miloslava Vostrá (KSČM).
The government coalition will discuss the salaries of civil servants and taxes next week, when Finance Minister Alena Schillerová will meet with CSSD Chairman Jan Hamáček. Representatives of trade unions and employers will also discuss both topics with the government at a tripartite meeting on 21 September.