Latvia's teachers return to work after three-day strike

The three-day teacher strike ended on Wednesday, so on Thursday, April 27, teachers will return to work, Inga Vanaga, head of the Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA), said in the “Today's Question” program of Latvian Television on Wednesday evening.

The head of LIZDA indicated that the decision was originally to conduct a three-day strike. 

Vanaga said: “The decision was three days, there was no decision on an open-ended [strike]. On Thursday, those who strike have to start working. So learning is ongoing, the study process is ongoing.”

The head of LIZDA also thanked all participants in the protest and strike. Similarly, the trade union has previously stated that teachers could repeat strikes.

Regarding Wednesday's government decision, which provides for an additional €4 million for targeted grants to municipalities to increase the pay of all teachers, Vanaga explained that the union, along with local governments, will clarify whether the funding is sufficient.

The Head of LIZDA stated: “We [the LIZDA Council] decided that by May 10, in cooperation with the municipalities, we will specify whether there is sufficient funding to meet both requirements and will ask the Education and Science Ministry to submit the updated calculations. Then we will evaluate the results without excluding that there may be protests."

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