Hungary -Teachers, government talk amid strike threat -November 17, 2012

Government representatives will resume talks with a teachers’ strike committee soon, Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog said after a first round of negotiations. Teachers’ unions oppose government plans to bring schools, currently administered at the local level, under central government control from January and fear the move will mean job losses, as was reported in the August newsletter. Such fears are further fuelled by proposed changes that would increase their minimum working hours. The profession, which has seen staff numbers fall three per cent this year, is also angry about a recent austerity package that postponed a promised pay rise.



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