Teachers go on strike over pay, canceling classes
Teachers at Poland went on an indefinite nationwide strike Monday to demand higher pay, following days of discussions with the authorities failed to meet the needs of the majority of teachers unions.
The strike by kindergarten and school educators is the very first widespread activity by Poland educators since 1993, when matriculation examinations for high school graduation had to be continued in schools.
It comes at a moment, only days before examinations in middle and primary schools, and months before this year’s matriculation exams and elections to the European Parliament that are key for the right wing authorities.
Following talks with the government failed Sunday night, the teachers unions, the ZNP gave the go-ahead for your protest. Just the small pro-government Solidarity union was not on strike and accepted the administration’s proposals.
The teachers were partly spurred by their anger the authorities as part of its own election effort has provided businesses financial boosts to families and, most lately, to farmers because of their pigs and cows, although not into the education industry. The financial policy has led the government this season to widen the budget deficit.
Slawomir Wittkowicz, head of the Trade Unions Forum, stated that”in the past two weeks money has been found for everyone, not just for humans, but there is no money for those teachers.”
Negotiators said they were eager to take a compromise, however, discovered the offer of the government unacceptable.
Mind of the ZNP, slawomir Broniarz, said the suggestions were way below expectations and pitched down to greater hours for teachers.
The government argued it had been raising teachers’ earnings because 2018 and could accelerate this process and increase wages, while at the exact same time reorganizing the system of cover to boost the number of classes taught, to 24 hours from the current 18 hours per week.
Protesting educators interviewed on private TVN24 said the attack is not only for their dignity but also because of pay, because it is impossible for them to support their families.
To be in charge of a particular class they get a few pay.
Many colleges, using”Strike” signs in their gates, were closed to pupils Monday. Kindergartens and schools provided caution if parents had to safely leave their children.
Reactions among parents ranged from comprehension and service particularly because of the additional stress for kids readying for tests.
“I absolutely support their attack. They are actually earning peanuts to get a job that involves responsibility and knowledge,” said Tomasz Pietka, father of a 4th-grader in Warsaw.
Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydlo appealed for consideration of their examinations and their students and for renewed talks.