Supporters of the Tanítanék (I want to teach) and noÁr movements held a demonstration and concert in front of Parliament on Wednesday night to “save education and the future of youth” and to show solidarity with teachers demanding higher pay and strike rights.
Tanítanék founder Kata Törley called the government “arrogant and incapable of dialogue” and warned that an increasing shortage of teachers was threatening collapse and “bury all, teachers, parents, students, and children”. She insisted problems in education could not be resolved without restoring teachers’ strike rights and instant measures to improve teachers’ working conditions and grant them a payrise.
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Áron Molnár, founder of the noÁr movement, said the event was aimed at starting a strike fund for teachers.
Roma activist László Glonczi said strike was a fundamental right and called for joint action to demand a payrise for teachers and the freedom of expression.
Olivér Pilz, a Tanítanék co-founder, urged all trade unions to call a general strike to support teachers.
Participants held up signs including “No teachers, no future” and chanted “Free country! Free education!”
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