Teachers’ union announces a general strike

Teachers’ union announces a general strike

Skopje, December 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Teachers’ union in FYROM announced a general strike, if until December 31, the government doesn’t meet its demands.

Jakim Nedelkovski, head of the union, declared for IBNA that the government has forgotten its demands: increase of salaries in education, lifting of penalties for teachers and the demand to include the union in the process of amendments of the law on elementary and high schools.

“If until December 31 our demands are not met, then we will launch a general strike”, said Nedelkov.

According to him, European Education Union Confederation is in favor of this decision. In its letter, this confederation expresses its support by stressing that the government must listen and meet the demands put forward for the improvement of working conditions in the domain of education.

Following warnings about the strike, Ministry of Education said that in the days to come, there will be negotiations with the union in order to discuss the demands.

In the month of September, the union announced a general strike, but it was cancelled when negotiations kicked off with the Ministry of Education. /ibna/