Prague, June 22 (CTK) – The Czech government agreed yesterday to raise the volume of money for teachers’ salaries by 8 percent while their base pay would rise by 6 percent in 2016 and the money for other civil servants will grow by 5 percent, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) wrote on Twitter.
The civil servants’ base pay will go up by 4 percent, he added.
“At a time when the economy is growing, this must be also reflected in the living standards of people and the quality of public services. Teachers will see the highest pay rises, education is the government’s priority,” Sobotka told CTK.
The government also again discussed a draft bill for 2016. Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) envisages a deficit of 60 billion crowns. Health care, teachers and science are to be the priorities of the budget.
Education Minister Katerina Valachova (CSSD) previously demanded a 10 percent increase in teachers’ salaries.
The teachers’ trade unions said they perceive the pay rise positively.
However, they want to continue negotiating, about the possibility of increasing the salaries still this year.