Polish gov't in talks with teachers amid strike warning
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish government resumed talks with teachers on Monday in a bid to avert a threatened nationwide strike over pay.
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The powerful Polish Teachers’ Union (ZNP) has warned it could start a strike of unlimited duration on April 8, just before key exams at various levels of education.
The union wants the government to increase teachers’ wages by PLN 1,000 (EUR 230, USD 265) a month.
The education ministry has said that it last year began carrying out a government plan to raise pay.
Spending on teachers' salaries is set to increase by 16.1 percent by September compared with March last year, according to the ministry.
The Rzeczpospolita daily last week quoted a survey according to which more than six in ten Poles are against teachers striking at a time of important school exams.
At the same time, respondents to the survey by pollster IBRiS said they were convinced teachers would eventually secure the pay hikes they are demanding from the government, Rzeczpospolita reported.