PSZ teachers’ union withdraws initiative for March 30
Budapest, March 23 (MTI) – The teachers’ trade union PSZ has withdrawn an initiative calling on teachers to express their opinion about public education at 4pm on March 30, the head of the union said on Wednesday.
Ms István Galló told a press conference that PSZ does not want to divide the teachers considering that the Tanítanék (I would teach) movement is expected to call for action in the morning of March 30.
PSZ maintains the position that teachers have the right to freely express their opinion. If an agreement is not reached, PSZ has not given up on plans to organise a strike, she added.
Talks are under way concerning a 25-point list of demands by the strike committee which included abolishing the state agency managing Hungary’s schools Klik. Referring to Tuesday’s announcement by the human resources ministry that Klik will close down, she said PSZ does not know why “they rushed ahead”. According to PSZ, instead of one Klik, there will be several smaller bodies similar to Klik and the schools’ organisational and professional independence will still not be assured, she said.