Teachers are on strike in Poland: some schools are closed, many parents did not send their children to lessons

A nationwide strike of teachers began in Poland. The posters with inscriptions “We are protesting because we care about the future of education” and “Strike” appeared at schools in Warsaw. Teachers are demanding higher salaries. Many parents decided not to send their children to classes, even in those institutions that did not join the strike.

According to the Warsaw city hall, the strike in Warsaw should cover 321 of 376 schools, as well as 151 of 351 kindergartens. In Gdansk, 121 out of 206 schools were closed due to protests.

Strikes also began in Rzeszow, Katowice, Olsztyn, Szczecin, Poznań, Wroclaw, Radom, Bialystok and other major Polish cities.

Despite the agreement of the government and “Solidarity”, teachers associated with this Union will also join the strike.

Recall that in the evening of April 7, the government reached an agreement with only one of the three trade unions. The Union of Polish teachers and the Forum of trade unions rejected the proposals of the government, “Solidarity”, in turn, decided to conclude an agreement.

Earlier, the Union of Polish teachers and the Forum of trade unions canceled its requirement to increase the salary by 1 thousand zlotys (260 dollars) and offered a 30% increase in two stages: 15% from January 1 and another 15% from September 1, 2019. The government’s proposal was that teachers should receive 9 per cent more from 1 September.