TEACHERS CANCEL STRIKE AFTER MINISTRY PROMISES INCENTIVES
Public school teachers will not strike this month as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports has decided to issue an incentive, reported the temporary committee of teachers demanding a pay increase on Thursday. “We got somewhat positive results. We established an agreement with three ministries in relation to our demand for a 50-percent pay rise. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports told us that it will give an incentive of 516,000 MNT in November and December, in addition to increasing our wages,” stated Ts.Munkhtuya, the general coordinator of the temporary committee.
“We wanted to increase base salaries of teachers and social workers by any means possible, but if it’s impossible, we’ll just have to get more salary through incentives.”
The temporary committee will reportedly renegotiate the terms for increasing their wage next year.
“We’re still petitioning to have our wages increased by 50 percent starting from 2018. We will keep our position on this,” Ts.Munkhtuya declared.
At Thursday’s press conference, the committee’s attorney G.Batbayar noted, “Teachers’ struggle for a pay increase continued for three months. During this time, they sat down with representatives from three ministries and got results to some degree after a 10-day negotiation. Teachers were able to get their salaries increased within the scope of Article 12 in the Labor Law and Article 19.1 in the Constitution, which state that the state is obliged to ensure social security for the public.”
Teacher N.Luvsandorj remarked, “Three demands were made by the temporary committee of public teachers demanding a pay increase. The last three were decided through an agreement with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports. The deterioration of teachers’ livelihood can affect badly on the society and education sector. It was very beneficial to raise this problem faced by teachers.”
On August 10, the committee made the following demands.
1. Increase the base monthly salary of teachers to 1.6 million MNT by September 1.
2. Give public school teachers the public servant status.
3. Raise the monthly salary of teachers to an amount equal to 3,500 USD by 2020.
“Although we couldn’t get the base salary increased by 50 percent this year, we’re still striving to get the desired result. I hope teacher will continue to address this issue and fight with us,” N.Luvsandorj urged.
Previously, the committee rejected Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports Ts.Tsogzolmaa’s proposal to provide teachers a one-time bonus of 300,000 MNT. At the time, representatives of public school teacher insisted on getting their monthly wage increased to 1.6 million MNT through progressive stages. As a result of their persistent demands, teachers succeeded in getting a higher incentive.
A teacher teaching secondary school students