Hungary: Teachers To Strike If Salaries Aren’t Increased

At the international press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed teacher pay rises among other topics. Orbán promised that the government will fulfill its pledge to boost wages by 10% this year and the next two years. H e admitted that teachers are correct to complain that this is not enough, he also said that subsequent raises will be contingent on how well the country’s economy does. There is a demand for a one-time 45 percent pay increase from teachers’ unions, which term this offer “ridiculously low.” These organizations contend that only a considerable boost in wages together with a decrease in workload can stop the downward spiral of public education. A new strike might begin in September if no deal is reached this summer.

Once the new government is in place, we will begin discussions. Teachers’ union spokesperson Erzsébet Nagy responded to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s claims regarding compensation increases for teachers by saying, “We consider the wage increase of 10% this year and 30% in three years announced by the Prime Minister to be ridiculously low.” Statistical data indicates that annual inflation is now close to 10%, and things are only going to get worse from here.

According to teachers’ union vice president Tamás Totyik, the organization is also calling for large salary increases for education professionals like as school and kindergarten secretaries, administrators, teaching assistants, and maintenance staff.

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