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Rēzekne suspected of arbitrarily calculating teacher wages

In Rēzekne, teachers' salaries might not have been calculated as provided for in the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations, the Latvian Education and Science Workers' Union (LIZDA) has stated. The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has also added to the concerns. Rezekne Head of Education does not agree with the allegations, Latvian Television reported November 1.

LIZDA says the first signals about the problem in Rezekne were received as early as summer. Talks have started with the municipality, but the problem has not been fixed.

A teacher in Rēzekne who wishes to remain anonymous also considers that the salary paid to her has not been calculated in accordance with Cabinet of Ministers regulations:

“I work part-time. I received €733 before tax, but by my calculations, around €186 should be added. [..].”

She hasn't been paid for 5 hours worked a week. The procedures approved by Rēzekne City Council for the calculation of salaries were also discussed in the Saeima on Wednesday, November 1.

Saeima deputy Česlavs Batņa (United List) said the regulations approved by Rēzekne City Council should be abolished: “We obviously see a violation of the law here. This means instantaneously giving the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) or the municipality a task, these rules must be abolished.”

LIZDA stressed that no other municipality has done it like Rēzekne.

The local government council has approved the procedures for the distribution of the earmarked grant, which is in contradiction with that approved by the government.

LIZDA leader Inga Vanaga called it “a rude arbitrary action on the part of the local government, which, moreover, is to the detriment of educators, which will negatively affect employment, prestige.”

Meanwhile, Arnolds Drelings, head of the Rēzekne Board of Education, said that schools are short of educators, so all educators cannot balance the loads as required by Cabinet of Ministers regulations.

Drelings: “This is the recommended action for principals, and still clearly asterisk-marked, only in case the principal negotiates with the educator.”

LTV: “So there are also those who don't follow this “recommended” norm?”

Drelings: “Probably.”

The Board confirmed that the State Labour Inspectorate has also approached them.

As reported, the issue of teachers' salaries in Latvia remains unclear, causing growing outrage among teachers - there is even a cut for some instead of the promised pay rise. The Education and Science Workers' Association (LIZDA) and the responsible ministry continue talks. LIZDA has also urged teachers not to put up with it if a pay cut has been experienced.

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