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Estonia’s teachers go on strike demanding higher salaries

October 25, 2011, 18:41 UTC+3
Estonia’s teachers went on strike on Tuesday in front of the Baltic country’s parliament demanding higher salaries
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TALLINN, October 25 (Itar-Tass) — Estonia’s teachers went on strike on Tuesday in front of the Baltic country’s parliament demanding higher salaries.

Over 1,500 teaching staff carried placards saying “Education in Estonia. Is it priority or not?” “Wage of Estonia’s average teacher is 640 euros, while that in Greece is 1,900 euros. Decision: Let’s support Greece.”

According to the Central Union of Estonian School Teachers, the pay package of teachers does not correspond to their contribution to the society’s development.

“Estonia’s future and its security depends on teachers much more than on the armed forces’ development,” protesters said.

Those who took to streets adopted an address to the country's parliament and government.

“The situation when Estonian students get world standard knowledge and their teachers are paid one of the lowest salaries in Europe is inadmissible,” they said in their address.

Teachers demand that their salaries should be increased by 20 percent as of 2012.

At present, a teacher’s salary makes up around 84 percent of the country’s average wage, although several years ago it exceeded the average pay.

The situation drastically changed following Estonia’s transition to the euro and the inflation growth.

 

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