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News2019.11.28 16:00

Teachers across Lithuania stage 2-hour warning strike

photos, BNS 2019.11.28 16:00

Around 400 schools across Lithuania suspended classes on Thursday as teachers staged a two-hour warning strike to press their demands for more funding next year.

The strike action was backed by all trade unions that signed a collective agreement in 2017 to allocate 117 million euros in additional funding for education in the 2020 government budget.

The government's 2020 budget bill currently earmarks just over 55 million euros in extra funding for that purpose.

Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius met with some of the striking teachers in a school in Vilnius, telling them he will do what he can to meet the demands.

“It is not only up to me. I am doing everything I can and hope that I will succeed,” Monkevičius said.

A teachers' strike in November-December last year resulted in the resignation of the then minister of education, Jurgita Petrauskienė.

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