President Milos Zeman appointed Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jan Maláčov (CSSD)on Monday at Lány Castle. The castle announced it on Twitter. In the government he replaced Petra Krcala (CSSD), who resigned two weeks ago for suspicion of committing plagiarism in writing a bachelor thesis. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) inaugurated the afternoon.
Malacova wants to focus in the office on wage increases in the public sphere and minimum wages, on proposals in the area of family support or employment policy. Prime Minister Malacova wished he was doing well. According to Babis, big challenges lie ahead, such as pension reform.
Malacova said that the government’s program statement is nutritional from the point of view of her ministry. “A lot of amendments, legislative changes, a great deal of work,” she said. She mentioned a salary increase in the public sphere, where she supports the trade union’s demand to increase by ten percent, President Milos Zeman and Babis and Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (for ANO) have previously agreed that such an increase would be inadequate. The government plans to increase the salary amount by six per cent.
As another priority, Malacca mentioned the increase in minimum wages, pensions and family support. “It is, for example, support for single parents and children at risk of poverty if their parents do not pay for food, a proposal for a shared job,” she said. It also wants to focus on employment in the context of aging populations, as well as on societal changes such as digitization.