Representatives of the teachers’ trade unions at a two-hour meeting with President Ivan Gašparovič and Education Minister Dušan Čaplovič on Monday, November 12, didn't reach any tangible results concerning their demands for a 10-percent salary increase for teachers as of January.
Union leader Pavel Ondek conceded after the talks that they might be ready for a compromise at a meeting with Finance Minister Peter Kažimír set to be organised by Gašparovič next week. He did not want to provide any details on the possible compromise, however.
Meanwhile, Čaplovič believes that the compromise may be the 5-percent increase as already proposed by the government. "In my view, if it's neither zero, nor 10 percent, but in between at 5 percent, it's a compromise," said the minister. The president stated that he would be very glad to give a 10-percent salary hike to the teachers, but the state treasury cannot afford it.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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