Over half of Czech schools to join teachers' strike for higher salary

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-05 05:46:22|Editor: yan
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PRAGUE, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Over 6,000 Czech schools, more than half of the total number in the country, are planning to join teachers' strike scheduled for Wednesday, the teachers' union announced here on Monday.

Marketa Seidlova, deputy chairwoman of the teachers' union , told a press conference that the schools joining the strike don't need to close completely, instead, they may restrict lessons or offer alternative lessons.

The union claimed that the government failed to keep its promise to raise teachers' wages by 15 percent as of January.

They are dissatisfied with the government's final promise to raise the base pay by 8 percent and earmark an equivalent of another 2 percent for bonuses to be distributed to the best teachers.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, however, said Monday that the teachers' strike is pointless, insisting that the cabinet will neither react to it nor will it change anything about its pay increase plan, local media reported.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, the Czech self-rule regions and municipalities operated a total of 9,748 kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools and colleges, with a total of 144,727 teachers.