BUS company salaries will increase by 2.7 percent, while the real salaries will grow at another 0.5 percent, according to the new higher-level collective agreement for 2014 and 2015 signed between the trade unions and Association of Bus Transport on February 17. Representatives of bus companies promise the increased salaries will not impact fares.

“It is a compromise,” OZ KOVO trade union Chairman Emil Machyna said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

The trade unions had originally proposed to increase the tariff salaries by 3.5 percent, while the real salaries should grow at 1 percent. According to the new deal, the salaries in some firms will increase by about EUR20 in every tariff level. The changes to higher-level collective agreements will affect about 10,000 employees in bus transport sector, or all firms with more than 20 employees, Machyna said.

George Trabelssie of the Association of Bus Transport said that the salary hike will not affect the fares or abolishment of lines as the salaries constitute only 20 percent of the total costs of the companies. Moreover, the increase at 2.7 percent suits the philosophy to systematically remove the regional differences, as reported by SITA.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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