Educators say that the minimum wage of EUR 680 to EUR 710 is likely to be increased already this year, according to the LETA agency, quoted by the Minister of Education and Science, Kārlis Šadurska ("Unit").
The minister said that this week he had an informal meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kuczins (Union of Green and Farmers) and finance minister Dan Reizniecy-Ozolu (Green and Farmers & Union). During the meeting, when the latest data on economic growth were assessed, it was concluded that the minimum wage for educators up to 710 euros this year could be increased, thus achieving the schedule of the salary increase of teachers.
An official meeting will take place next week between these officials and the Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA).
Shadursky explained that
For this year, the necessary means for raising wages could in principle be found in the "Emergency funds" budget program,
and the amount required for the following year must be included in the total budget.
Answering the question whether the Minister had to meet informally with Mr. Kuczynski and Mr. Reiznieci-Ozolu, the minister replied in the negative, but indicated that there was a demand and Shadursky supported it. He was subjected to stricter quality requirements from the prime minister, but Shadursky has not yet discovered exactly what the requirements are.
"The Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance were the most important proposition, and I fully agree that we can not give the same money, because it is both the organization of the school network and the willingness of local authorities to do something to slow down. "said the politician.
Since the official talks are planned for the week and the new school year starts next week, it is unrealistic to decide to raise the minimum wage rate in the government on 1 September, estimates Shadursky. Against this background, as well as the agreement on raising the minimum wage for educators, pedagogues could receive a salary under the current schemes in September, but a recalculation would take place in October, a premium.
The minister also pointed out that if the minimum wage for teachers was to be increased this year, and would thus fulfill the schedule for increasing teacher salaries, the implementation of the scheme would be possible within the limits of the previously agreed deadlines, provided that the necessary financial resources are available. The minister added that increasing the salaries of teachers is closely linked to the future organization of the school network.
Thursday, in an interview with the Latvian radio 4, Shadurskis said that raising the minimum wage with the rate will not increase the number of hours worked. At the same time, the politician acknowledged that the awareness of the fact that it is now possible to increase the salary of teachers has yielded the latest data on economic growth, which can differ considerably from previously available data, which did not allow for full confidence speak of a real opportunity to increase the salaries of teachers.
LIZDA announced this month that the coalition parties would be called for a new negotiation on the implementation of the law on education, but without debate, without result, will organize a picket on 18 September. Prior to the protest action, the trade union still wants to talk to the coalition parties in search of solutions for completing the teachers' teacher training scheme, thus raising the minimum wage to 710 euros.
Shadurskis has previously promised that the ministry led by him in the conversations about the reward of teachers would join the LIZDA.
Prime Minister Kuchinsky said this week in an interview to the LNT program & # 39; 900 Seconds & # 39; that during the talks with LIZDA he would again emphasize that the wage increase scheme will be implemented, but the LIZDA will also be called for understanding, because more wages are needed and the pickets not only promise teachers.