Andrius Navickas, the leader of the Trade Union of Lithuanian Education Workers, said he cannot provide the exact number of teachers to join the protest action on Thursday.
The education workers will hold the strike in an effort to bring back the size of government funding per student – the so-called student basket – to the pre-2009 level, when it stood at 3,774 litas (EUR 1,093.9), as compared to the current 3,348 litas. The Education and Science Ministry said the student basket should be increased to 3,380 litas starting next year.
They also demand that salaries of pre-school teachers be raised to the level of teachers of general education. Other demands include reduction of the size of pre-school groups and classes in schools. Furthermore, they want a collective contract and a possibility for teachers to resign at the age of 55.