Teachers Prepare For New Strike
(Sofia, Feb 11) – A new teacher strike is about to close the Bulgarian schools as the educators are gearing up for a revolt for the unfulfilled promise of higher salaries, Standart was informed. The murmur arose after the finance ministry to agree on a regulation to increase teacher remunerations. Minister Simeon Djankov told us that there will be a significant increase only in the lowest wages that are less than half of the teacher average, thus the rise in the case of most of the teachers will be only 1-2% or none at all. The decision on who should get more will be in the hands of the school directors.
The teacher’s union sent an open letter to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, demanding him to intervene to keep his electoral promise to teachers. This is the last hope for a peaceful solution, the unionist said. Otherwise, they will have to convince the leaders with traditional street methods, such as protests, they say. The average teacher salary today does not exceed BGN 550 (EUR 280.8/ USD 376.5) and has not been adjusted to inflation since 2008, Pernik trade union leader Yulia Gancheva informed.