Red Hat Czech Workers Union is a collective of Red Hat employees in the Czech Republic. We have formed a workers’ union to represent our collective interests and rights. We believe this is an urgent and necessary step to improve our working conditions, protect our benefits, and have a voice in a transparent decision-making process.
Our mission is to represent the collective voice of the workers of Red Hat in the Czech Republic and to advocate for our rights, improve our conditions, and advance our interests.
- We believe that Red Hat can be an even better place to work, and unionizing is the best platform for workers to voice their concerns, share their perspectives, and influence decisions that often lack transparency.
- We seek to establish a democratic and transparent relationship with the upper management and their representatives based on mutual respect, fairness, and cooperation.
- We strive to create a safe, healthy, productive, and rewarding workplace for all of us.
- We strive to create a workplace where our voices are heard, our concerns addressed, and our collective well-being remains a top priority.
- We are committed to solidarity, diversity, inclusivity, and fostering a culture of transparency, fairness, and accountability in the company.
- We believe every employee deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that our members receive the compensation, benefits, and working conditions they deserve.
- We acknowledge that there have been instances where corporate leadership may not have fully upheld these values, and we are committed to fostering accountability through our collective actions.
We are the Red Hat Czech Workers Union, and we are stronger together.
What are the benefits of joining the union? What do unions do?
- A union negotiates working conditions in the company through collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). CBAs can cover anything from compensation to benefits like retirement plans, paid leaves, sick days, etc.
- Union members collectively decide the contents of the CBA. Becoming a member means you will decide what Red Hat’s working conditions are like.
- Members have access to the services of a labor lawyer working with the ICT Union, and can also attend workshops and trainings organized by the ICT Union.
What do I need to do to join the union?
Apply for the ICT Union membership If you are a member of the ICT Union and work for Red Hat Czech, you become a member of the Red Hat Czech Workers Union.
What are the fees?
A monthly fee is 1% of your monthly salary but 300 CZK at most.
Why am I paying fees to the ICT Union and not to the Red Hat Czech Workers Union?
The Red Hat Czech Workers Union operates under the ICT Union. Even though you pay your fee to the ICT Union, it is used for the benefit of the Red Hat Czech Workers Union’s members.
- 20% goes to OSPPP (Odborový svaz pracovníků peněžnictví a pojišťovnictví)
- 40% to the budget of the ICT Union
- 40% can be used directly by Red Hat Czech Workers Union.
The ICT Union uses the money for organizing various workshops, trainings, and meetings, that are also accessible for the members of the Red Hat Czech Workers Union. The money is also used for organizing other workplaces and companies because a strong union presence in the whole sector is important for the individual struggles in different companies. The money is managed transparently. See the ICT Union FAQ.
OSPPP provides us with legal and other support. See OSPPP website (only in Czech).
Are there any risks to joining the union?
You do not have to disclose that you are a union member. Your membership is anonymous to your employer. If no one knows you are a member, there are no consequences for you.
Can I leave the union if I change my mind, and how do I do it?
Union membership is always voluntary.
To cancel your membership, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop paying your membership fee.
Who are the union representatives committee, and what do they do?
The workplace executive committee, often referred to as representatives, are three elected members who voluntarily disclose their identity to the company. They are the main link between the union and the company. Their responsibilities include communications between the company and the union, internal union communications, organizing and moderating members’ meetings and public discussions, onboarding new members, and more. They also form the core of the negotiation team.
How can I receive updates about the union activites if I don’t want to become a member?
You can subscribe to the newsletter for non-members with your personal email. Tick the
Red Hat Czech Union news box. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any moment.