The World Federation of Teachers’ Unions of WFTU, expresses its support to teachers in Holland who last week held a strike in about 7,000 primary schools in the country and tens of thousands demonstrated in The Hague. They demand pay rises in their salaries and recruitment to reduce the heavy workload and so that the classes would have fewer children. The government has promised €500 million of financial support, but the trade unions (AOB, CNV, PO-raad) have highlighted that another €900 million is needed for salaries and € 500 million for hiring the necessary staff, that means in total €1,4 billion.
A delegation of FISE and WFTU visited a refugees’ camp in Greece and they were briefed on the problems of education faced by the refugee students from Syria.
They distributed balls and notebooks to the refugee children and promised to go on highlighting their problems and to strengthen the resistance to the causes that give birth to refugees and immigration, the resistance to imperialism and to those who serve it.
A mobilization of 70 primary school teachers’ trade unions for the problems of the thousands of supply teachers, for the needs of schools, took place in the major cities of Greece on Friday, 29/9/2017. The teachers have highlighted the real picture that they and the schoolchildren face, as September ends, denouncing the measures that are reducing educational rights, demanding human conditions and rights for the thousands of supply teachers who have been crossing the whole country for up to 16 years, who worry about when and where they will get employed.
The Delegation of the Primary Education Associations and ELME met with the Deputy General Secretary of the Ministry of Education with no specific commitment from his part to the mobilization’s demands. The teachers, the permanent and the supply ones, at the end of the protest, called for organization and continuation of the struggle. The banner of the National Secretariat of Teachers of PAME wrote: “There is no compromise with the shortcomings – gaps – underfunding. Massive permanent appointments that meet our needs. We do not put our children’s educational rights to the government- EU’s cutter.”