The teachers’ unions complain because of the low wages, overburdening administration, and many working hours. As a result, many Hungarian schools lack professional staff, and children do not receive the proper education they deserve. For example, 43 pc of schools do not have enough Math teachers.
Thus, some unions decided to go on strike at the end of January. The ministry immediately attacked them that they only use the teachers in the 2022 election campaign.
The rights of public education staff to strike must not be restricted, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said in a statement jointly signed with mayors of the united opposition in support of a warning strike planned by teachers, on Wednesday.
Striking is “their fundamental right… to raise their voice against the grievances they have suffered”, the statement said, adding that “the government is planning to use ignoble means to thwart the strike planned for January 31”.
In their statement, the mayors said they had received reports of heads of schools threatening retaliation against employees participating in the strike action.
“We condemn any attempt at restricting this action,”