543 teachers in 30 schools on strike in Lithuania

DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

In all, 543 teachers are on strike, or approximately 45.6 percent of teachers in schools that have declared the strike.

Based on the Labour Code, representatives of the strike committee and heads of schools are responsible for schoolchildren’s safety for the duration of the strike.

Andrius Navickas, Chairman of Lithuanian Education Employees’ Trade Union (LSDPS), says the strike may continue for 1 to 2 weeks.

As reported, the United Representation of Lithuanian Educational Trade Unions submitted a list of 6 demands to the Ministry of Education and Science, and expects them to be fulfilled this year. The trade unions demand: to reinstate education vouchers (funding per student) to pre-2009 level from LTL 3,348 to LTL 3,774 (from EUR 970 to EUR 1,093); to reinstate the basic monthly salary from LTL 122 to LTL 128 (from EUR 35 to EUR 37). There is also the demanded to equalise salaries of pre-school teachers and teachers, to sign a collective labour agreement and establish favourable conditions by 1 September 2015 for teachers to retire at the age of 55. The trade unions also asked to reduce the number of schoolchildren in classes.

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