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Thousands of education trade unionists march in protest to Presidential Palace

Around 8,000 public education sector employees protested at the Government Palace against the salary level proposed by the Government through a new ordinance, threatening to boycott national examinations unless real solutions are found.

Presidential aides Ligia Deca and Gabriel Cristian Piscociu met a trade union delegation and the representative of the National School Students Council at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, according to a communique released by the Presidency.

“The open dialogue reconfirmed the importance of sustainable long-term solutions that would provide stability and confidence. The representatives of public education employees presented both their demands and proposed solutions,” the Presidency informed.

Public education trade union members, students and parents coming from all over Romania marched on Wednesday from the Government offices in Bucharest’s Victoriei Square to the Cotroceni Palace, seat of the Presidential Administration, to protest failed negotiations with the administration on wages in education.

Representatives of the Free Education Unions Federation, the Spiru Haret Education Unions Federation, the Alma Mater National Unions Federation, the Romanian National School Students Council and of the National Federation of Parent Associations in Secondary Education took part in the rally.

They demanded the observance of the National Education Law by allocating six per cent of the gross domestic product to education, from state and local budgets.

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