Thursday, May 7, 2009

Romania Teachers Suspend Strike

The main teachers’ unions in Romania on Wednesday signed an agreement with the government for suspending a planned strike scheduled for Thursday, local TV stations report.

"Our strike is over for the moment. Now it is time for the government to keep its promises: to allot six per cent from the state budget to the education and to find resources in order to increase teachers' salaries," said Liviu Pop, leader of FSLI trade union.

Teachers are protesting against  the center-left government moves to freeze salaries and to reduce the state budget for education.

Romania faces mounting public pressure for higher state spending as public sector workers, teachers and postmen have demanded salary increases.

The protests are being seen as a sign of growing social unrest across Romania.

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