The Health Ministry is putting together a new job catalogue, which shows that the salaries of young doctors will be lowered by CZK 3,000 per month. This measure would affect all doctors who graduated from medical school and entered the so-called specialisation training. According to the new catalogue, they would move to the 11th salary grade for two years. A catalogue, a basic document determining salary classification of individual professions, is currently being put together by the Health and Labour Ministries. The document is in the last phase open to comments and it should be presented to the cabinet during the month of October and should come to force as of January next year. In case it is endorsed in
A foreigner who lands at the Ruzyně airport must feel as if standing in the middle of a Vietnamese market. As soon as he steps out of the gate arrival terminal, he becomes easy prey for local taxi drivers. And he is not likely to escape. Right at the exit door there is a couple of taxi “dispatchers”, or should we say procurers from two different taxi companies. Three companies in total have a license for parking outside the terminal – AAA Radiotaxi, Airport Cars and Cedaz. For years now they have been fighting for passengers among themselves. Each of the rivals is trying to “hunt down” a customer using its “most advantageous” offer. “We’re offering standard taxi services including
Tens of thousands of Czech drivers are slipping through a legal loophole. Law holds a car’s driver, not the owner of the vehicle, responsible for offences. But the law also says that persons cannot be forced to testify against their spouses or other close persons (osoba blízká in Czech). Hospodářské noviny has discovered that, in some places, half of all drivers brought into court on traffic offences have invoked the close-person protection. In Prague, for example, 43% of owners of cars involved in traffic offences claim the offence was the fault, not of themselves, but of a close person who was driving the car. More than 22,000 people invoke the protection successfully every year. Ostrava is not much better off.
Foreigners who came to the Madonna concert in mid-August might not have known that the ticket to the show entitled them to free public transportion. A recorded announcement broadcast in Prague’s metro stations was in Czech only. The situation could improve in the future, however, city officials last week agreed to changes to make life easier for foreign visitors. “We propose that street signs and announcements in the metro be bilingual so foreigners can understand them, too. We will put pressure on the government to make it happen,” Milan Richter (ODS), Prague city councillor for culture, told Hospodářské noviny. City hall is expected to endorse these changes in September, after which city officials will ask the Transport Ministry or Mayor
Even today, Deputy Miloš Melčák is convinced that his constitutional complaint has helped the Czech Republic. However, he remains reticent about his next steps. Mr Melčák, will you support the constitutional amendment that will make early elections possible? I haven’t decided yet. Let me go and work. I don’t like HN, I don’t like what you’ve written about me. I wrote that. But only because you were refusing to talk to me. So tell me at least now why you haven’t been answering phones in the past days and why you pretended that you weren’t at home at your official flat?I turned off my phone, because I wanted politicians to act. The way they acted. That was ideal, wasn’t it?
Czech employees spend one fifth of working hours on average surfing online. Such was the result of a survey conducted by TruconneXion on employees of hundreds of Czech companies. The survey also shows that the time spent online at work is mostly dedicated to online social networks, led by Facebook. “It is similar to the employees spending at least one hour and a half having a friend sitting at their table discussing their weekend or holiday,” said Robert Kleiner, head of strategic development at TruconneXion. Large social network Facebook, bringing together 200 million people according to June statistics, with the Czech users reaching almost 1 million; is mainly about entertainment, photo sharing and chatting with friends. “We conducted the survey