Serbia - Education workers rally for better wages - September 30, 2017

Several hundred employees of the public education sector have rallied in the centre of the capital, Belgrade, urging the government to withdraw proposed new legislation on public-service employees and calling for a 25 percent increase in their salaries. The average monthly income for teachers is about 360 euro. The organising trade unions will continue the protest until authorities agree to meet their demands. The bill adopted by parliament in September gives the Education Ministry the power to fire teachers without any independent control. Critics say the law, still to be signed by the president, will deprive public service employees of their rights.

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