ZAGREB, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Around 1,500 Croatian teachers protested here on Thursday in front of the government building demanding higher salaries.
Teachers' union is asking for a pay rise by 6 percent. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and relevant ministers had a meeting on Thursday with the union leaders. They agreed to keep on dialogue and to hold another meeting in 10 days when the government would decide on their demands.
"There is no reason to call a strike while we are negotiating with the government," Branimir Mihalinec, the leader of the Secondary School Teachers' Union said after the meeting. He added that the decision is valid only until the next meeting with the prime minister and that they would strike if they won't be satisfied with the results.
Science and Education Minister Blazenka Divjak said that a fair wage system is needed to implement a curriculum reform. "Education should be a priority. Teachers are carrying everything on their back and we need to find a quality solution to ensure the best education for students," Divjak told reporters after the meeting.
She noted that the teachers' wage index lagged behind that of other public sector workers and that the "injustice" has to be resolved. The new program called "School for Life" should be implemented in this school year.
After almost three months long summer break, the school year in Croatia will start as planned, on Sept. 9. Enditem