SLOVENIAN TEACHERS WENT ON STRIKE




Şimal Çınar –TDO- As almost 38.000 Slovenian teachers held a one-day strike for higher wages, most schools in Slovenia were closed on Wednesday.

A spokesperson of the teachers’ trade unions said, “We demand that the average teacher’s wage be increased by about 10 percent as teachers are now paid significantly less than other people with similar education, like doctors and those who work in public administration.”

This is a part of the pressure the center-left government of Slovenia is facing lately from public sector trade unions who are demanding wage hikes amid robust economic growth. Last month about 30,000 public sector employees staged a one-day strike, while police officers began their strike on Monday. Nurses stopped working for two hours on Tuesday, also demanding higher wages.

The government has said the wage demands amount to almost 1 billion euros ($1.24 billion), adding they are mostly unacceptable as they are not justified by productivity growth and could threaten the planned fiscal consolidation.

Later on Wednesday some 15,000 teachers are expected to attend a mass protest in the center of Ljubljana to tell the government that their work is undervalued.