Slovakia -Teachers demonstrate for better funding and pay -September 19, 2011

More than 9,000 teachers from all over the country gathered in front of the Government Office on 13 September to express their discontent with what they call inadequate funding for schools. They demanded that the government systematically increase funding for the education sector so that its share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) becomes comparable with other EU countries by 2014. Trade unions representing teachers and other school employees stated that if the government fails to hear their demands and respond appropriately by the end of September, they will go on strike: “It will be announced either as a one-day warning strike or as an unlimited strike,” said Jozef Lužák, chairman of the teachers’ union. The unions are also asking that the salaries of teachers be increased to a level ranging from 1.2 to 1.6 times the country’s average monthly salary, whereas this level is currently about the average. Education Minister Eugen Jurzyca has called this demand “unrealistic. ”

English: http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/43928/3/teachers_want_more_than_just ...    


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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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