POLISH TEACHERS GO ON STRIKE OVER WAGES


10/04/2019




Serhat TUNAR -TDO-Teachers across Poland held a strike on Monday after the government and unions failed to agree on proposed wage increases, the leader of the biggest teachers' union ZNP said, according to Reuters.

Talks between three teacher’s trade unions and the government ended on Sunday evening with the ZNP and another union sticking by their demand of monthly salary increase of 1,000 zlotys (200 pounds). Only one smaller union agreed to the government's offer of a 15 percent monthly increase starting from September.

Public sector workers in Poland stepped up calls for pay increases after the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) promised in February a hefty increase social spending as part of its election campaign.

"We are ready to convince the government that this strike is not only economically motivated, but that this strike is also to defend the quality of education, which has been damaged in recent years, "ZNP leader Slawomir Broniarz said.


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