Teachers to go on a one-day warning strike

The Latvian trade union of teachers on Wednesday called a one-day warning strike on November 27, Latvian Television's News Service reported Wednesday.

The strike will demand to allot the €9m previously earmarked for the new teacher's remuneration system to the one currently in place, concentrating on preschool and small school employees.

Reaching an agreement with the Education and Science Workers' Association (LIZDA), the Education Ministry on November 6 postponed introducing the new model for an indefinite time.

The second demand of the strike is to improve the situation in higher education and science with more funding.

Latvian Radio reports that it is still not known how many teachers will take part in the strike or where it'll take place, but it's expected that a few thousand teachers will participate.

The union's leader Ilze Vanaga has explained previously that an agreement has been reached with the government on teachers' long-service pensions, a support program for teachers that will be laid off as part of the planned reform, as well as rules regulating the allocation of subsidies.

Talks about the union's demands regarding higher education institutions have ended without an agreement, reported BNS.

LIZDA said that the teachers' new pay system cannot be launched before its many flaws are corrected, because the existing model would demotivate many teachers which in turn would affect the quality of education.  

In late September LIZDA decided to start a procedure to organize a strike of teachers.

The trade union complained that the government had not earmarked sufficient financing for education and science in the 2016 draft national budget and had been ignoring LIZDA’s proposals for the teachers' new pay system.

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