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Education sector trade unions abandon threats to strike

Trade unions in the education sector have decided to give up plans to go on strike as the current government lacks a sufficient mandate to comply with their requests, representatives of the trade unions agreed at an extraordinary session of their council on Thursday, November 3.

Trade unions in the education sector have decided to give up plans to go on strike as the current government lacks a sufficient mandate to comply with their requests, representatives of the trade unions agreed at an extraordinary session of their council on Thursday, November 3.

"We note that our requests haven't been met. We had to realise that this government has reduced leeway and powers, and it's unrealistic that we should push for our long-term requests via a strike," said vice-chairman of the trade unions Jozef Lužák, as quoted by the TASR newswire. "We're aware of the fact that a vast number of teachers aren't happy with things as they are, but we also realise that this government lacks the tools to change this state of affairs substantially," said Lužák.

The trade unions are seeking salaries for teachers' of between 1.2- and 1.6-times the average salary, and for Slovakia's spending in the sector to move closer to the European average.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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