Teachers ask for 6 pc of GDP for education and for the modification of the National Education Law.
Several hundred unionists from the education system protested yesterday outside the Palace of Parliament, asking primarily for the earmarking of six per cent of GDP for education, Mediafax informs. Wearing yellow and blue vests reading “The Spiru Haret Federation of Education System Unions” and “Alma Mater,” the protesters shouted “six per cent,” “solidarity” and “down with red tape.” At the same time, they carried placards most of which read “earmark six per cent for Romania’s future” and “RON 627-715,” representing the salaries that some education system employees earn. Protesters also used whistles and vuvuzelas.
According to the “Spiru Haret” Federation of Education System Unions, the protest took place under the slogan “earmark six per cent of GDP for education; if not now then when.” Apart from their demand to have six per cent of GDP earmarked for education, the union members are asking for the modification of the national education law, a special law for the salaries of education system employees (teachers, auxiliary teachers and non-teaching staff), the removal of red tape from the educational act, the depoliticization of the primary and secondary education system and the real unblocking of job openings for auxiliary teachers and non-teaching staff. “I can say that the current government has had the longest period of social peace. I kept hoping that the promises made before elections will come to Casino Online fruition. I cannot deny the reopening of social dialogue and the solving of some problems within the education system. Nevertheless, the main demands are yet to find solutions. We want to show politicians through this stake-out that while they may not care what happens to the more than 3.5 million pupils and the more than 350,000 education system employees, we do care,” union leader Marius Nistor stated.
According to Constantin Lungulescu, the president of the “Spiru Haret” Federation’s Dolj branch, over 800 teachers from the Dolj, Braila, Iasi, Teleorman, Valcea and Arges counties took part in yesterday’s protest, alongside teachers from Bucharest. The Federation of Free Education System Unions (FSLI) announced that over 10,000 teachers will go out in the streets tomorrow in a protest in Victoriei Square, followed by a march to Constitutiei Square.
Premier Victor Ponta stated that the education system cannot receive 6 per cent of GDP at this moment “for the simple reason that Romania’s whole budget is a bit over 30 per cent of GDP,” but pointed out that there are other financing solutions for this domain. Asked whether the salary rights won in court will be paid, the Premier pointed out that they are being paid without any kind of delay.
Official sources told Mediafax that the Government negotiated with IMF a 3-4 per cent wage rise for debutant teachers and medical interns for next year, during a last meeting on Monday evening at Victoria Palace.