Estonian teachers start three-day nationwide strike

March 8, 2012 11:39 am 

TALLINN, March 8 — Over 15,000 Estonian educational workers started a nationwide three-day strike on Wednesday, demanding a salary increase of 20 percent this year and 15 percent each in the next two years.

According to ETV (Estonian Broadcasting Corporation), the largest protest was held in the downtown of the capital city where over 4,000 teachers took part.

Head of Estonian Education Personnel Union, Sven Rondik, said earlier that if the strike does not bring any tangible results, the union would carry out an even bigger strike in September.

On Tuesday, Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo announced that the minimum gross monthly salary of teachers would be raised by 15 percent in 2013, from 608 to 700 euros (796 to 917 U.S. dollars), for which the union has called "unacceptable."

Estonian media reported that the Nordic Teachers' Council (NLS), an umbrella organization representing 18 education personnel unions in Northern Europe and the Nordic Transport Workers Federation (NTF), have voiced their support to the strike, which was seen as the largest one in this Baltic nation's history. (PNA/Xinhua)

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