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Teachersʼ union calls for day-long strike on April 20

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Following the failure of seven-hour-long negotiations with the Hungarian government, the strike committee of the Teachers Trade Union (PSZ) started preparations for a full-day strike scheduled for April 20, PSZ head Mrs. István Galló said today at a press conference, according to reports.

The PSZ website today announces the strike.

PSZ says it is planning a strike that will involve all the public education institutions in Hungary for an entire day on April 20. 

The union chief added that, though there were advances during the negotiations of PSZ and the government, the parties were unable to reach agreement in several important questions, and therefore a strike is needed.

She said outstanding issues that have not been resolved include teachersʼ demands to decrease the number of centrally required classes and to have more freedom in textbook selection. She said there was also no agreement on the details of the administrative system that the government promised to replace the current centralized administration of the Klebelsberg Instition Maintenance Center (KLIK).

Galló added that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been informed about the strike and will discuss the details of it with Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog in the following days, according to reports.

According to Galló, one institution will be chosen in every school district to take care of the local students and provide food for them. This will be arranged by educators who do not wish to participate in the strike, she added.

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