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New Rift Opens in Czech Elections Over Cheap Foreign Labor

  • Social Democrats want to end ‘import’ of cheap foreign workers
  • Companies have complained that labor shortage limits growth

A Czech ruling party opened a new front for this month’s general elections by declaring that it wants to stop bringing in cheaper labor from eastern Europe, clashing with its biggest rival in the polls who’s called for more such workers.

“Hiring foreigners from eastern Europe is lowering the cost of labor in the Czech Republic,” Lubomir Zaoralek, foreign minister and the Social Democrats’ election leader, said in an opinion piece published by the newspaper Pravo on Monday. “The numbers are confirming this and we are saying, enough. We don’t want the import of cheap labor. We want proper salaries for our people.”