Government approves teacher wage increase plan in Latvia

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The government on Tuesday, April 18, approved a schedule for increasing teacher pay proposed by the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM).

The plan foresees that as of September 1, the lowest hourly rate will be €8.50 for educators, excluding pre-primary education teachers. As of January 1, 2024, the lowest one-hour rate for teachers is expected to be €9.54, and €10.35 from January 1, 2025.

As of 1 September of this year, the lowest rate of remuneration for preschool teachers is expected to be €7.75 and €9.04 as of January 1 2024, and €10.35 as of January 1, 2025.

With September 1 of this year, the lowest monthly salary for professors (elected post) will be €1,982, associate professors €1,587, docents €1,270, lecturers €1,017, assistants €810, while the remaining posts will retain the current proportions in the remuneration gap between the posts.

As of January 1, 2024, professors will have the lowest monthly salary of €2,220, associate professors €1777, docents €1,423, lecturers €1139, and assistants €910. These salary changes will be separate amendments to the Cabinet rules.

In addition, in order to agree on minimum requirements for load adjustment, it is intended, in cooperation with the social partners, to develop guidelines for the balancing of workload for all groups of educators, including support staff.

It is planned to adopt the rule in an extraordinary government meeting on April 21.

As reported earlier, the Education and Science Workers' Union (LIZDA) has decided to hold a strike next week if teacher wages and workloads are not sorted out. According to LIZDA, the current plan does not meet all requirements and if they are not met by Wednesday, April 19, the three-day teachers' strike will not be lifted.

The head of LIZDA, Inga Vanaga, said that publicly available IZM calculations were still inaccurate. She said that it was not possible to make sure that all the requirements were met, because currently there was no increase in salaries for school administration, speech therapists, social educators, and other groups.

The head of government, Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), said after the meeting that approving the schedule for the increase in teacher pay was a “very important step”, which has been one of the government's promises.

“I understand that there are no shortages of teachers in our country who are not satisfied in general. Salary is one thing, but there are other things. I admit that our education system is not as well organized as it should be at the moment. We now have a schedule of wage increases, and we will continue with the network of schools and issues of new learning material,” noted Kariņš.


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