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Trade unions, labor law, working conditions and industrial relations - Czech Republic


Industrial relationships: formalism, mistrust and socialization

Working is first an activity of of socialization: a social life is superimposed on the industrial relationships

  • Czech people do not separate much work and private life

The relationships between individuals are formal when the people do not know each other, and very unformal in the opposite case

Work in teams and activities in group are common, but with little spirit of co-operation


Social climate and working conditions in the Czech Republic

Apparently, the working climate seems serious, but strong habits of not working have been inherited from the communist time

Any activity done in the company is regarded as working time, whether it is productive or not

The Czechs are able to stand hard working conditions, but less in terms of stress


Relations of power and the role of the trade unions

The labour law and the reality of the social relations leave a broad room for action to the leaders

The trade unions do not constitute an opposition to the chief executives; their role is mainly centered on social works


Recruiting and sacking people

Labour force is relatively available, except for certain functions

The processes of recruitment are rationalizing, but word-to-mouth remain one of the first modes of recruitment

The employment contract is the rule, but some sectors mainly recruit independent contractors

Sacking people is to be avoided


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To go further

ilo.org/ifpdial/... - Panorama of the Czech labor law

ilo.org/dyn/natlex/... - - NATLEX, database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation for the Czech Republic

eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/country/czech.republic.htm - Eiroline, European Industrial Relations profile for the Czech Republic

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