Czech Social Democrats pledge to cut tax for workers, tighten control of big business

Peace and Freedom

Reuters

PRAGUE: The Social Democrats, the senior partner in the Czech Republic’s ruling coalition but trailing in the polls, will try to lure back voters before the October elections by offering tax cuts for workers while tightening control of big business.

The party unveiled its election programme days after Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he would step down as leader of the country’s oldest party in an attempt to reverse its slide in opinion polls.

In its programme, the party promised to cut taxes for employees, extend holidays to five weeks, raise the minimum wage to at least 16,000 crowns (536.12 pounds) a month by 2022 and other incentives.

It also repeated a pledge from previous elections to introduce progressive taxation on big banks’ assets and to clamp down on tax evasion by big business conglomerates.

In an attempt to shake things up, Sobotka proposed this week that his more…

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