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2015.09.08 13:45

1,000 teachers stage protest in Vilnius to demand higher pay

DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

(BNS) Some 1,000 teachers from across Lithuania marched from the Cathedral Square in central Vilnius on Wednesday, whistling, ringing bells and chanting Shame! to demand higher funding of the education system.

(BNS) Some 1,000 teachers from across Lithuania marched from the Cathedral Square in central Vilnius on Wednesday, whistling, ringing bells and chanting Shame! to demand higher funding of the education system.

After reaching the government building, the teachers demanded to increase the share of the gross domestic product (GDP) to reach the 6 percent margin in 2020, as recommended by international organizations.

The teachers also want the government and trade unions to work out a long-term program of pay raise, which would take effect in 2015. Furthermore, the teachers demand safe conditions in education institutions.

The teachers held slogans, saying “A Teacher Without Hope is a School Without a Future,” “EU Aid to Students, Not Clerks,” “Old Age Dignity for Teachers,” “Profession – Teacher, Social Status – Beggar” to draw attention to their problems.

Among participants of the protest rally were teachers from Šilutė, Ukmergė, Telšiai, Tauragė, Klaipėda, Marijampolė, Alytus, Raseiniai, Joniškis, Kaunas, Kupiškis, Vilnius, Pagėgiai, Kalvarija and other towns and cities of Lithuania.

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