The Prague garbage collectors are threatening to go on a historic strike, according to recent reports. The employees of Pražské služby (Prague Services) have issued a statement directed at Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda and members of the city council, stating that they are upset with the attacks by councilor Jana Komrsková (Pirates) on their company, which they say are based on misleading or incorrect information. The statement further warns that if these attacks do not cease, a strike may be imminent.
The employees of Pražské služby claim that their company has been singled out by the new councilor for environmental protection and climate plan, Jana Komrsková. In particular, they take issue with media reports that they claim to denigrate their company’s contracting practices with subcontractors for technical reserves, especially for the winter season, and the cleaning of the streets of the capital. They also criticize the compensation policies at Pražské služby. The company’s management has reportedly explained their reasons for these policies, but they say that the attacks continue.
In addition, the garbage collectors accuse Jana Komrsková of attempting to associate them with the Dozimetr scandal, even though no such evidence exists. The employees have called on Mayor Svoboda to intervene and put a stop to these “below-the-belt attacks.” They have also requested that they be allowed to present the current situation at Pražské služby.
The threat of a garbage strike is a serious concern for the city of Prague, as it could result in piles of garbage accumulating on the streets, which could pose a health risk to residents. The employees of Pražské služby have stated that they are willing to negotiate, but only if the attacks on their company cease. It remains to be seen whether Mayor Svoboda will intervene to prevent a strike, or if the garbage collectors will follow through on their threat.
This situation highlights the importance of fair treatment of employees, as well as the need for transparency and clear communication in contracting practices. It also underscores the crucial role that essential workers play in our society and the potential consequences when their needs are not met. The citizens of Prague will undoubtedly be watching closely to see how this situation unfolds, and whether a resolution can be reached that satisfies all parties involved.