Teachers ready to picket

  • 2013-08-28
  • From wire reports

RIGA - Teachers are preparing for massive protests over the government’s latest decisions, Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) Chairwoman Ingrida Mikisko said in an interview with LNT television on Aug. 28, reports LETA. Mikisko also said that Latvian Students’ Union would support teacher protests.

The government must be correcting its mistakes regarding teacher salaries, not looking for someone to blame for these mistakes, emphasized Mikisko.

She said that pre-school teacher salaries had not been increased, and Riga was short of more than 100 such teachers already. “It is hard, if not impossible, to find a young person willing to work as a preschool teacher for a monthly gross wage of 280 lats [400 euros],” said Mikisko.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said that teacher salaries had been raised last September and would be increased again on Sept. 1 this year.

The LIZDA council will consider staging a massive teacher protest this fall at a meeting to be held on Aug. 28.