Teachers to strike on November 27

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Teachers at 845 schools across Latvia are set to take strike action next week over pay and conditions, union representatives said Thursday.

A total of 22,360 teachers from 845 schools and preschools will participate in the strike.

According to Edgars Grigorjevs, deputy chairman of the Council of the Trade Union of Education and Science Employees, the number of teachers signing up for the strike is still growing.

Trade Union of Education and Science Employees' Chairwoman Inga Vanaga said that the strike was not just about money, it would be a protest against the government's attitude to teachers and education.

As reported, the Union of Education and Science Employees has decided to hold a one-day warning strike on November 27.

The union will put forward the following demands: allocation of €9 million for improving the remuneration system for all those employed in education, especially in preschools and small schools, and, second, sufficient funding for higher education and science.

Teachers are not alone in being dissatisfied with the government's plans for public sector wages in next year's budget. Health sector workers are also threatening strike action

Latvia's Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers on Thursday officially submitted to the Health Ministry its demands, the trade union's representative Inga Rudzite told LETA.

The trade union demands that the average healthcare worker's salary is raised 10 percent starting from January 1, 2016.


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