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State freezes pay despite promises

THE GOVERNMENT has announced a pay freeze for many public-sector workers, despite promising some increases in collective agreements last year.

Ľubomír Plai of the Civil Service Office said, "There will be no increases. It is true that it was agreed in collective agreements that the pay levels would rise by 5 per cent in July, but it was not included in the budget."

The pay freeze will affect civil servants, MPs, judges, teachers, and police. Some groups - including customs officers, fire fighters, and doctors - will receive pay rises at below the level of inflation.

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