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Teachers ask Hungary to stop for 5 minutes

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Teachers’ Union PSZ is asking Hungarians to stop working for five minutes starting at noon on Wednesday, to show solidarity and support as educators hold a daylong strike that day, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported today. Meanwhile, a group of independent teachers say they will go through with plans for a two-hour strike tomorrow.

PSZ head Mrs. István Galló. (Photo: MTI/Zoltán Balogh)

PSZ head Mrs. István Galló asked everyone to take five minutes away from their work on Wednesday, to help highlight the fact that “if education does not work, nothing else can”, origo.hu reported. She added that if employees are unable to stop working, they can also show their solidarity by slowing down their work or sporting blue ribbons and/or flags.

Trade unions around the country have reportedly begun preparing for the work stoppage, origo.hu added.

After nine hours of negotiations with the government, the two sides were able to agree on the terms of the strike, however, the government has demanded that the union open schools on that day, Mrs. Galló said. Gallo added that the union was considering turning to court over this demand, as it undermines the intent of the strike. In the interim, she has asked parents to keep their children at home from school on April 20, origo.hu reported.

Teachers involved in the civilian initiative Tanítanék, a Facebook group which translates as “I want to teach”, are also planning a two-hour strike tomorrow, following their one-hour strike on March 30. 

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