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Prime Minister: the country has no additional resources for teachers’ wages

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Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš

At the moment, Latvia’s state budget does not have resources for teachers’ wages, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Thursday, 10 October.

Commenting on the request submitted by the education personnel trade union for additional finances to help increase wages for teachers, Kariņš mentioned there are no resources to afford this.

«Currently I cannot outline a specific source, because all of them have been discussed. Through tough political negotiations the money was divided more or less fairly,» said the prime minister.

He allowed that there may be some inefficiently used budget positions in 2020 they may trigger talks regarding division of available funding. It will be necessary to follow development of the economy and tax collection.

At the same time, he said municipalities should be more active in implementation of education system’s reform.

«When the previous government agreed on the wage increase schedule, it was related to the reform. The school network remains is not as efficient as it should be. Reforms have to continue,» stressed the prime minister.

Latvian Education and Science Workers’ Union (LIZDA) has requested documented guarantees for increase of the lowest wages starting with September 2020 no later than 18 October. Otherwise the trade union will organize a protest, as reported by LIZDA representative Guntis Meisters.

He notes that the trade union will invite the Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, Finance Minister Jānis Reirs and Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska to request documented guarantees of plans to increase the lowest wages from EUR 750 to EUR 790.

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«If no guarantees are presented, on 24 October LIZDA council will decide on organizing a protest,» stressed Meisters.

It should be added that on 10 October, Saeima held a no-confidence vote for the education and science minister Šuplinska. 51 Saeima deputies voted in favour of her remaining, 32 deputies from Harmony and Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) and most non-party deputies voted against.

The proposal for non-confidence vote for Šuplinska was submitted by most ZZS deputies, as well as non-party deputies Karīna Sprūde, Jūlija Stepaņenko and Linda Liepiņa.


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