Estonian teachers fight for their rights

This video is called Estonia’s Teachers Will Strike, March 7th-9th, 2012.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Estonian teachers in national strike push for pay

Wednesday 07 March 2012

Sixteen thousand teachers kicked off a three-day national strike today in support of their demand for a 20 per cent pay rise this year and 15 per cent in 2013 and 2014.

The Estonian Education Personnel Union (EEPU) says that some teachers earn a monthly wage of just €608 (£507), which is far behind the state’s average of €865 (£722).

The government says it will consider increasing teachers’ minimum wage to €700 (£584) in 2013.

The Nordic Teachers Council (NLS), an umbrella organisation representing 18 education unions in northern Europe, has voiced its support for the action, saying education is “the most powerful way to make a nation prosperous.

“The NLS wishes to express its solidarity, sympathy and support for the EEPU’s struggle for reasonable and competitive salaries and working conditions,” it said.

2 thoughts on “Estonian teachers fight for their rights

  1. Estonian miners to stage protest over collective bargaining dispute

    Workers belonging to the Independent Union of Miners and Energy Workers are planning a protest against changes to the law on collective bargaining, according to Estonian public broadcaster ERR News. Just a week earlier, Estonian unions conducted the largest labor action the country has seen for decades.

    The proposed demonstration in Jõhvi’s central square March 17 follows a rally that took place in Tallinn a month earlier. It calls for a parliamentary committee’s recent amendments to the Collective Agreements Act that allow employers to unilaterally pull out of a collective agreement six months after it expires to be abandoned.


    Teachers in Estonia in three-day strike

    Teachers across the country took a three-day strike this week to demand a minimum 20 percent rise in their base salary this year.

    On March 6, Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo proposed a rise of 15 percent starting 2013, an offer that was rejected.

    On Wednesday, 64 schools and 59 kindergartens struck in Tallinn, double the previous day’s total.

    The Education Personnel Union states that over 16,000 grade school and kindergarten teachers throughout the country took part.

    The action by teachers triggered a week of sympathy strikes across Estonia that also targeted the new Collective Agreements Act.


  2. Strike by Estonian health care workers enters fourth week

    A strike by health care workers over wages, work conditions and general health care management has entered its fourth week. Talks between health care unions and hospital management did not lead to an agreement last week.

    Workers are also challenging the allocation of funds from the Health Insurance Fund and state budgets.

    The strike includes the outpatient and inpatient care units in the North Estonian Regional Hospital, West Tallinn Central Hospital, East Tallinn Central Hospital, Tartu University Clinic, Pärnu, Narva, Kuressaare and Viljandi hospitals.

    In Põlva hospital a support strike began Tuesday.


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