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September 24, 2021

Teachers stage protests at Suceava and Botosani prefectures

Hundreds of teachers from Suceava and Botosani joined, yesterday, in protests staged in front of the prefectures in the two counties, dissatisfied with the fact they had yet to receive the wages for February, while the general strike initiated last week continues in over 50 schools.

According to Mediafax, over 300 teachers took part in the protest organised in front of Botosani’s Administrative Palace, chanting anti-government slogans. The mayor of Botosani, Catalin Flutur, claims he discussed the matter with prime-minister Emil Boc, who promised him a solution would be found to the problems of teaching staff in Botosani and Suceava by the end of the week.

For teachers in over 30 schools in Suceava and Vatra Dornei, yesterday was the fourth day of the general strike, while in schools in Gura Humorului classes were resumed. The deputy president of the Suceava “Spiru Haret” Education Trade Union, Dumitru Irimia, stated that, up to now, they had received no response from the authorities and no solution had been offered to pay in full the wages of teaching staff in Suceava schools, which is why the strike would continue. According to Irimia, a consultation of the local trade union leaders would take place tomorrow, to decide whether the teachers should continue the strike or other forms of protest, such as picketing the Prefecture or organizing new meetings, should be adopted.

On the same day, the Radauti “Bucovina” Education Trade Union announced it would initiate the labour conflict procedure as it had not been provided with the funds needed for the payment of wages. The members of the “Bucovina” Education Trade Union, about 2,600, were consulted in an internal referendum regarding forms of protest to be adopted in the matter of unpaid wages and, after the results were centralised, it emerged over half of the teachers wish to take part in one form of protest. Thus, in the questions regarding forms of protest to be adopted, 65 pc opted for the refusal to write the pupils’ marks in the register, 75 pc for the refusal to work out the pupils’ averages at the end of the term, 80 pc for general strike between June 15 and 17, about 92 pc for embarking on a sympathy strike, while other proposals included a strike between June 6 and 17 and a work-to-rule strike.

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