The teacher's strike continued today in four counties, including Split-Dalmatia County where there were no classes in the majority of schools. However part time teachers could be found filling in, in empty classrooms. Unions say they are afraid.
According to data from unions around 90% of people employed in elementary and 75% employed in secondary schools in Split-Dalmatia County were on strike today. They came to the schools but did not enter classrooms. Dissatisfaction is at a high level.
“Negotiations on 6% are a little humorous to me because if we have money to save projects that have already failed then we can't understand how an agreement can't be made for this 6% for us,” said Professor Suzana Kačić Bartulović.
“It is ugly that the employer is actually surprised. The employer is surprised and doesn't see the reason for the strike, while at the same time, per diem allowances for the same people reach up to the level of our monthly salaries,” said Professor Ivana Ćupo.
Even though almost all employees support the strike, some are entering into classrooms where there are no students.
“The people showing up for work are mainly those employed part time because there are still people in this country that are afraid. So because of this they come to work, but they are entering into empty classrooms,” said the union representative for the Independent Union of Secondary School Workers at the Economic Secondary School in Split, Ivica Veršić.
In elementary schools principles organized care and work with children for those whose parents brought them to school.
The strike will continue on Monday.