Hungarian teachers will again go to the streets of Budapest to demonstrate against the low wages and unbearable working conditions in the schools. They will be joined by many students and parents, as happened last week and the week before. It seems that their chain of protests will not end anytime soon, so the government needs to act quickly.
According to 444.hu, due to the demonstration of the teachers, police will close the Heroes’ Square-Andrássy Avenue-József Attila Street-Széchenyi István Square for the public. The measure affects not only cars but also public transport, the news website added. Teachers, students and parents will protest for a better education system and higher salaries.
Based on a recent statement from the Budapest Transport Company, there will be periodic closures on the segments concerned. During that time, buses and trolleys will commute on a diverted course. However, there might be disruptions in the operation of the M3 metro, trams 4-6, and bus lines 9, 15 and 115.
Hungarian teachers have been demonstrating against their unbearable working conditions and low salaries for weeks. A beginner teacher earns a net salary lower than EUR 500 per month, and even pedagogues with 20-30-40 years of experience on the field barely receive 1,000 EUR/month. Therefore, many teachers leave their profession, while the number of new entrants drastically falls. As a result, many Hungarians schools struggle hard to find, for example, a teacher of foreign languages, IT, chemistry, physics or maths.
The government states that Hungarian teachers may only receive a pay rise if Hungary unlocks the EU funds blocked because of the European Commission’s corruption charges against the government. Gergely Gulyás promised a considerable wage hike yesterday. However, that programme would only start next year, and teachers claim they do not have that much time to wait when the inflation and the currency exchange rate of the euro are soaring at a such fast rate.
Source: 444.hu, DNH