Slovak teachers plan new protest as Bratislava takes over EU presidency

By bne IntelliNews June 30, 2016

Slovak teachers plan to protest on July 1, the day on which the Central European country takes over the EU’s rotating presidency.

The announcement sees workers in the education sector resume a series of protests. However, there has been little action since mass strikes shook Slovakia just ahead of general elections in March. The protests are seen as a major element in the surprising drop in support for Smer. The party, however, just managed to cling on to enough votes to put together a shaky coalition.

Slovak teachers complain that the new government has not met their demands for higher pay and added resources for the education sector. The government has also ignored calls by the European Commission and the OECD to increase funding to the sector in order to make the teaching profession more attractive, Branislav Kocan, spokesman for the Initiative of Slovak teachers said, according to SME.

In case the government continues to ignore teachers’ demands, a strike might be called in September, Kocan adds. Prime Minister Robert Fico - who is still recovering from major heart surgery earlier this year - already has his work cut out during Slovakia's EU presidency in being required to help to steer the EU through Brexit.

Teachers are clearly aware of the building pressure on Bratislava, and hope to take advantage. Discontent among health care sector professionals also likely contributed to the poor showing of Fico’s Smer in the March polls. Although the centre-left party won 28.4% of the vote, the largest share of any party, in the 2012 contest it had captured 44.4%.

Related Articles

GLOBSEC: Slovakia’s automotive industry perspective

Today Slovakia is the leading car producer per capita in the world, owing to four world-class automotive companies (Big 4) opening their factories: Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava (since 1991), PSA ... more

Czech and Slovak billionaires Kretinsky and Tkac acquire online television Mall.tv

Czech internet group Mall Group, owned by Rockaway Capital of Jakub Havrlant, EC Investment of Czech and Slovak billionaires Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac and PPF Group of the late Czech ... more

First-ever universal processor prototype launched by Slovak company Tachyum

Slovak semiconductor company Tachyum, which has data centres in Bratislava and Santa Clara in the US, announced the launch of the first-ever universal processor FPGA prototype at the international ... more

Dismiss