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Trade unions, works councils and staff involvement in the modernising Czech Republic

Zuzana Dvorakova (University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 November 2003



Citizen associations, trade unions and “tripartism” are the major mediators and interest‐representing bodies in the Czech Republic outside political parties. A system of corporatism at the national policy making level has existed since 1990. Since 1998 trade unions have demonstrated efforts to rely less on “tripartite” arrangements and to utilise the legal provision on collective bargaining. Within the public sector there are only a very limited range of issues that can be bargained collectively. The major issue being the most sensitive area of remuneration. Public sector trade unions, unified in the Czech‐Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions, have established a system of regular negotiations with the government aimed at achieving agreements in pay increases and the extension of the pay scale. Post‐communist Czech society is becoming more pluralistic and trade unions are playing an important role in introducing more elements of democracy.



Dvorakova, Z. (2003), "Trade unions, works councils and staff involvement in the modernising Czech Republic", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 16 No. 6, pp. 424-433.




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