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Latvia's teachers to hold protest in May

A teachers' protest organized by the Latvian Education and Science Employees Union (LIZDA) is planned for May 21 outside the government building, LIZDA Chairman Inga Vanaga said in a statement on April 8.

LIZDA maintains that the protest may be prevented if amendments to Cabinet of Ministers regulations are adopted, which provide for balancing teachers' workload for all groups of educators. A balanced load means that teachers would have the number of in-class hours reduced and provided more time for other duties. The desired load distribution varies for each group of teachers. 

The trade union is also concerned about a possible reduction in hourly pay rate. 

LIZDA and the Education and Science Ministry (IZM) have long had different visions of balancing teacher loads. According to the Ministry's management, the conflict arose because the vision of the next works to be carried out varies. The Ministry is convinced that several options are possible and that the vision of several parties, not just the IZM and the LIZDA, should be taken into account.

LIZDA and IZM were due to agree on a load-balancing model already in May last year.

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