The teachers’ strike is coming: Which schools and when will they be involved, what is it about, what will happen to the pupils

School unions they mainly want to draw attention to cuts in money for non-pedagogical positions in schools – janitors, cooks and the like. According to the draft budget for 2024, there is a lack of funding for almost 17,000 jobs.

“We don’t want the salaries of non-teaching staff to drop. In the current form of the budget proposal, this can only be achieved by school principals having to reach out to of money intended for teacher salaries,” reasoned Markéta Seidlová, vice president of the Czech-Moravian Trade Union of Education Workers.

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3. By how much will the amount of money for education be reduced in 2024?
Paradoxically, there will be an increase. “Although the draft budget originally envisaged a much lower amount, within four months it was possible to negotiate an increase of this amount for the Ministry of Education, namely by 3.9 billion crowns compared to this year’s budget. Nevertheless, even in education, it must be within the framework consolidation package to look for savings,” commented Minister of Education Mikuláš Bek.

The budget includes education as a whole system, including universities. But the trade unions do not like that promised salary increase to 130 percent of the average wage will be calculated from the amounts of 2022, and overall the earnings of non-teaching staff are to decrease by almost two percent.

4. Are union plan schools biased?
It is individually school by school. Support for the strike, for example, was announced by the association Pedagogická komora, which brings together over three thousand members. At the end of last year, the association conducted a questionnaire survey in which ten and a half thousand respondents participated. “The announcement of a strike alert was supported by 92.9 percent of them. 72.4 percent of school workers would be directly involved in the strike,” calculated the president of the chamber, Radek Sárközi.

So far, some professional associations have been mild in their reactions. “Our main activity is meeting and negotiating. Coercive actions such as strikes and the like belong to the ranks of colleagues from school unions. We act wherever something can be influenced in favor of our education,” said the president of the Principals’ Association elementary schools Luboš Zajic. The association wants to issue its opinion on the strike only on Friday.

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We are on the verge of a strike, school unions warn. According to them, billions are missing from the budget

5. Does the strike have political support, will there still be negotiations?
Alone Minister of Education through the X social network, he expressed his understanding for the strike and announced that he would negotiate with the unions and saw room for the strike not to take place. “We are still looking for ways to strengthen the education budget and regulate the rapid increase in new jobs, which is a consequence of the funding of schools set in the past,” he said.


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