Hungary - Union opposes plans to increase teachers’ working hours - April 30, 2011

The Democratic Trade Union of Teachers opposes the plan to increase the number of working hours of teachers, according to its chairman Laszlo Mendrey. He argued that the proposal was prepared by the Economy Ministry without coordination with the parties affected. Mendrey quoted a study prepared last year showing that the average weekly hours teachers had to spend in class or preparing class was 51, and argued that it would be impossible to increase this any further. In addition the increase would result in thousands losing their jobs, according to the union chairman. The government is expected to discuss the plans later.

English: Máté Komiljovics, union correspondent


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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