No wage rise for teachers this year

The new government of Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) has ruled that there won't be a wage raise for teachers this year, despite the previous government's plan of a hike to €750 instead of the current €710 a month, the PM told the press February 7.

Kariņš said that the government will return to the matter in April as discussions over the 2020 budget are launched.

While a wage hike for medical personnel, also a promise of the previous government, will go ahead as planned, "As concerns higher wage rises to teachers, this will go ahead in the 2020 budget when we'll start shaping our policies instead of a technically adopted budget," he said.

"It's impossible to solve all of the pressing matters in the country in a single year, in a single budget," Kariņš said.

Teachers' minimum salary was increased from €680 to €710 last year.

The minimum monthly wage in Latvia is €430 a month.

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