Hungary - Public discontent over refusal of dialogue with teachers - March 31, 2016

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in two public rallies in recent weeks, and union leaders are warning of widespread disruption if the government continues to refuse talks. While teachers are effectively denied the right to take legal strike action, support for an announced one-hour strike was growing. Several trade unions announced their support for the demands that the education system needs to be properly funded, and that the government’s centralising of the education system and other changes it has introduced caused overall dysfunction, with serious overload for teachers and pupils, and a lack of basic materials in schools. Trade union MASZSZ reported increasing intimidation of union representatives and increasing anti-union actions by employers across the country. Teachers want to regain rights lost since the government tightened its grip on the sector, leading to administrative burdens and less flexibility.

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