In short, collective bargaining in the sector in 2020 took place in exceptional circumstances due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In the spring of 2020, the previously agreed tariff period was extended to the end of September due to coronavirus. An agreement was reached at the end of the contract and the new collective agreement came into force from 1.10.2020 to 31.3.2022. The amount of wage increases was not agreed upon during collective bargaining. The agreement contains two separate pay review dates in February and October 2021. It was at this time that separate wage negotiations took place. In the absence of an agreement in wage negotiations, the collective agreement will end sooner. The agreement provides for a reduction in working hours for workers in the sector, as there are more days of annual leave. The annual Friday system, which will come into effect on 1.1.2022, will be modified. From that date, workers will be able to earn a maximum of 9 paid birthdays, 2 days longer than before. Key improvements to the collective agreement include changes in the management and well-being of workers. The rest time between shifts must be at least 11 hours, unless otherwise agreed with the worker. Even if the airtime is agreed with the employee, the rest time must still be at least 8 hours.
Until now, the rest periods between shifts had to be at least 10 hours. In addition, the number of consecutive night shifts is limited to five instead of seven. Under the agreement with the employee, this may be the subject of a different agreement on an ad hoc basis. The JOINT PAM-MaRa working group will continue to monitor the wage system and performance trends. In addition, a working group will be set up for the agreement period to continue work on working time issues. Collective bargaining is expected to change in 2007, with the new labour code (CZ0605029I) coming into force. In particular, it will be necessary to agree on changes to almost all collective agreements, so that certain provisions do not contravene the new legislation.