Two local schools in Bratislava have started a so-called relay strike on Monday, December 3. Along with other schools throughout Slovakia they voicing their disagreement with last week’s decision by the school trade unions to suspend the unlimited nationwide strike, the SITA newswire reported.
“We did not [stop striking] mostly because we wanted to look into the mirror in the morning [and say that] I am a teacher and no one will […] manipulate me, us,” Eva Horníková, deputy headmistress of the elementary school on Karloveská Street in Bratislava, told SITA.
Yet, she stressed that the school supports negotiations between the trade unions and the government.
The strike is also supported by the Gymnasium on Metodova Street in Bratislava, at which only eight of 65 pedagogues teach.
The schools voiced their opposition to the current situation as well as the decision to suspend the strike during a protest that took place in Bratislava on November 30. More than 1,000 students and teachers from 12 schools gathered in front of the Government Office and marched towards parliament.
Currently about 20 schools, of which 17 are in Bratislava, want to continue striking. The representatives of the schools are scheduled to meet to discuss further steps, SITA reported.
Meanwhile, the school trade unions announced they will meet with the government this week to discuss new proposals over the salary hike. The unionists warned that if they do not reach an agreement by December 5, the strike will continue, SITA wrote on December 2.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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