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(en) DA #26 - Solidarity Federation - Czech Republic

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 19 Apr 2003 09:05:59 +0200 (CEST)

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Tram drivers in Prague went on strike for the first time
ever at the beginning of February, demanding their wages
be brought to the same level as those of bus and
metro drivers. Their employer published a "study" bringing
out the differences between driving trams and driving
buses. The study highlighted the fact that tram drivers do
not need a driving license to drive trams, so they are not
drivers. Well, as they are not drivers, they couldn't drive the
trams, and hence they went on strike on February
3rd. Tram stations were under the strikers' control and,
although part-time drivers were called to work, only half the
trams were moving through the streets of Prague.
The spat between the city's transportation company and
its tram drivers cost the company Kc7 million
(US$240,000), which would have covered the pay rises demanded by
the drivers' union for almost two years. Instead, the
company said it would sue the drivers for staging what it
claimed was an 'illegal' strike(!) Meanwhile, the drivers
are thinking of bringing assault charges after several were
injured in scuffles with police and private security.
More strikes are likely to follow. Updates at

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