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Teachers On Strike Alert

In Education & Science, Politics on May 6, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

Czech Teachers’ Unions announced their strike alert and their intention to strike in June. They demand higher salaries. Education Minister Ondrej Liska managed to find half a billion in this year’s budget and some more billions for the years to come but it is not enough for the union leaders, iDNES news server reported.

I must admit I am torn between two theories here. One, teachers are seriously underpaid. I am surprised they are doing this job for the lousy pay some of them earn even after a decade with no decent raise… But on the other hand, if you are frustrated with your work conditions for a longer period of time, you might as well find a better job. It is not like you must stay in your job forever and demand a raise via a strike anytime you feel like you deserve it. There are dozens of thousands of employees in private companies who might ask for a raise twice a year and who hear the same answer all the time: the company can not afford to pay you more.¬†Teachers are strong interest group and governments must deal with them. Otherwise the organized strike can last for weeks and nobody could do a thing about it…

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