Poland - Government reopens pay talks with teachers’ unions - March 31, 2019

The government sat down for talks with teachers’ unions amid a protracted dispute over pay. The president recently appealed to the government and teachers to hold talks and try to resolve the dispute. The head of the Polish Teachers’ Union (ZNP), told reporters that up to 90% of employees in schools nationwide were ready to support an all-out strike, which the union wants to begin on April 8, 2019 just before key exams at various levels of education. Teachers represented by the ZNP have warned they will launch a strike of unlimited duration unless the government increases their wages. The Trade Unions Forum (FZZ) demands the same monthly pay raise. Meanwhile, the Solidarity union wants teachers’ monthly pay to rise a lesser amount. The education ministry has said that it began carrying out a government plan to raise teachers’ pay. According to the ministry the spending on teachers’ salaries is set to increase by 16.1% from September 2019 onwards.

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