Unsolvable situations. The state coughed up on us, commuters complain in need

Coronavirus tests also complicate the journey for commuters. Those commuting to the Bavarian district of Cham must complete them, elsewhere they can be ordered by their employer.

I have no idea what to do

Roman Potenec from Strážné in the Prachatice region travels to work as a cleaner 35 kilometers abroad. As a single man, he takes care of his ten-year-old son. However, he passed the test for coronavirus, so he can’t work.

“I learned that as long as I’m home, I won’t get a penny from anyone,” Potenec told Deník. A man has to buy medicine after a heart attack, in addition, the mother of the child owes him tens of thousands of crowns for alimony. “The Czech state is not doing anything about it at all, so I have no idea what I will do now,” lamented the commuter.

Zuzana Vintrová hears similar stories daily, providing counseling to commuters at the border in Strážné. “Some single women are looked after by their friends during closed schools, others have to stay at home with them. But they have unpaid leave, because they no longer have enough leave, “Vintrová told Deník. In the spring, the counselor founded the Pendler Association, which defends their rights. “Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are trying to get Germany to recognize our nursing homes, but unfortunately it does not have the will to meet us,” said Vintrová.

Waiting for spring

In addition, the arrival of autumn for many commuters means a loss of work for the winter months. “This mostly applies to construction companies that give seasonal terminations. Although they will offer employees a job again next year, they have to go to employment offices in the meantime, “Vintrová explained.

Commuters are an important source of income for poorer border regions. Taxes are paid in the country where they work, but they spend money at home. “They increase the purchasing power of areas that were not able to transform well after 1989,” Petr Zahradník, an economist at Česká spořitelna, told Deník. “It really means a lot to the regions concerned. And it’s not just about money, but also about the transfer of foreign experience, “he added.

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