Teachers to go on with strike despite PM’s efforts

DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

“I asked them to put off the strike until June 1 or May 1. I promised to take part in the negotiations, as they’ve asked me to. They believe that [with me present] negotiators prepare more responsibly and thoroughly and talks are more constructive,” the prime minister told journalists after speaking with teachers’ representatives for about one hour.

Some representatives of trade unions and the government stayed to continue the talks.

Andrius Navickas, the chairman of the Trade Union of Lithuanian Education Workers, left the talks together with the prime minister, saying he saw no grounds for pushing back the strike.

Teachers across Lithuania held warning strikes last December and a protest rally in Vilnius earlier this week to demand higher wages and reforms in the education system.

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