Latvia's teachers to launch open-ended strike in September

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Latvian Education and Science Workers' Union (LIZDA) will encourage school teachers to launch an open-ended strike from September, according to Inga Vanaga, head of LIZDA, newswire LETA reported on June 20.

According to Vanaga, the trade union will not hold pickets or rallies anymore, like it did last week, because the inability of politicians to find a compromise during the protests and to meet the demands of LIZDA has shown the “real attitude” of the decision-making authority.

After a protest by the Saeima last Thursday, LIZDA failed to reach any guarantees for the fulfillment of its demands. The three main requirements of the protest were a balanced workload, a schedule for increasing wages in accordance with the principles set out in the Education Law, and a fair funding mechanism.

Consequently, an open-ended strike is scheduled to be launched as of September, which was decided unanimously by the LIZDA Council today.

Vanaga said it would continue as long as LIZDA's demands are heard.

In addition, LIZDA will address local governments, educational establishment leaders, university representatives, and parents, because 'they have to understand that teachers like to work with children, but with the current workload, the teacher cannot afford sufficient time to meet the requirements required by the new teaching content'.


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