Latvia - Teachers may go on indefinite strike starting in September - June 1, 2019

The Trade Union of Education and Science Employees sent a letter to the Education and Science Ministry in demand of higher wages that were promised to them earlier. The teachers and government are in ongoing pay dispute (see our earlier 2019 newsletter) On 17 April 2019 the trade union declared that if demands are not met, an indefinite strike will be organised from 2 September 2019 onwards. Active discussions were held during the meeting of the trade union’s council where the strike actions were decided upon. According to government officials it is necessary to implement several important reforms in the educational system to improve the quality of education in the country before teacher’s wages can be increased. Teachers in all regions said they are prepared for reforms, but they stressed that reforms should be rational.

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For more information, please contact Sanne van der Gaag or Sjaak van der Velden, De Burcht (Scientific Bureau for the Dutch Trade Union Movement) sannevandergaag@deburcht.org or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Steve Coulter scoulter@etui.org. For previous full issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter or consult the archive with all articles in our database at www.cbnarchive.eu. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org.


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