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

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