Teachers hold 2 hour token strike
The two major teachers' unions in Hungary went on a two-hour strike on Monday morning, demanding a pay rise, a reduction in the workload and the reversal of the decision on compulsory vaccination, according to a report by news site hvg.hu.
The strike began at 8 a.m. and lasted until 10 a.m. The first two classes of the day were not held, but the schools provided daycare services.
While the unions are only expected to give a tally of the participating institutions, the rate of participation seems to be high. According to the report, Tamás Totyik, vice president of the Trade Union of Teachers, said that the participation rate is extraordinarily high in Budapest's District II and Miskolc.
In several places, the parents of the students also showed solidarity with the striking teachers, keeping their children home. According to Totyik, there was a school in the countryside where a total of two students out of 600 appeared at 8 a.m.
Last week, the Ministry of Human Resources told the organizing unions that Monday's strike would illegal, as the court ruling on the matter, issued on January 28, was not yet final.
In addition to the teachers' two-hour strike on Monday morning, the Hungarian Trade Union Confederation (MASZSZ) is also aiming to promote the general wage settlement in the afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., with a car demonstration in downtown Budapest. Some 200 cars are expected to take part in the demonstration.
The participants are set to drive along the following route: Hősök tere - Andrássy út- Károly krt.- Erzsébet híd - Attila út - Alagút u. - Fő u.- Bem rkp. - Margit híd - Szt. István krt . - Váci út - Lehel út - Dózsa Gy. út - Hősök tere
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