Lithua­nia adopts bud­get, not rais­ing pay to protest­ing teach­ers

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The Lithua­nian Seimas has passed the state bud­get for 2019, which in­cludes more funds for de­fence, while not tak­ing into ac­count the fund­ing de­mands of strik­ing teach­ers.

Cana­dian-British news agency Reuters re­ports that the state bud­get was passed in the Seimas on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11, with rev­enues ex­pected to be 17.2 bil­lion eu­ros and spend­ing at 17.0 bil­lion eu­ros in 2019.

The planned de­fence spend­ing is planned to equal 2.05 per­cent of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.

De­spite a teacher strike con­tin­u­ing for a month in over 100 schools in Lithua­nia, Prime Min­is­ter Saulius Skver­nelis has re­fused to raise pay for teach­ers blam­ing the op­po­si­tion Home­land Union Party, which has voiced sup­port for teacher de­mands, of at­tempts to bring down his gov­ern­ment.

Re­port­edly, teach­ers are seek­ing a 20%-pay rise from the year 2019.

The Lithua­nian Ed­u­ca­tion Em­ploy­ees Trade Union also de­mands the can­ce­la­tion of the so-called «minute-based» pay sys­tem and the in­tro­duc­tion of a ten­ure model where a teacher’s ten­ure would con­sti­tute no more than 18 con­tact weekly hours spent di­rectly with school­child­ren and 18 non-con­tact weekly hours spent with the pupils in­di­rectly, check­ing their home­work, for ex­am­ple.

BNS

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