A strike by teachers is really not needed in the current circumstances - Karins

  • 2022-09-02
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In the difficult circumstances that we are undergoing at the moment, a teachers' strike in Latvia is really not necessary, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told Latvian Television this morning.

The Prime Minister emphasized that he well understands the concerns of teachers about various uncertainties - what will the salary situation be according to the new financing model, what will the transition to the new teaching content be, etc.

"I also understand the concerns of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA), but I also know that the Minister of Education and Science Anita Muizniece (Conservatives) is open to discussions and wants to find the best solution," emphasized the politician.

It should be remembered that the 13th Saeima is in its final stage, while budget decisions should be made by the next government and the Saeima, said the Prime Minister. According to him, there are issues where the existing government could meet the demands of LIZDA, but it cannot decide on the budget for the next several years.

"I believe that as long as both parties want it, there are possible solutions. We really do not need this strike in the current circumstances. A strike would deprive children of educational opportunities, besides, the last two years have already been difficult enough due to Covid-19," said the head of the government, expressing hope about LIZDA's understanding that this government will not decide on a multi-year budget, but will talk about those things that can be agreed upon.