Following a 36 day strike which cost students 16 days of classes, primary and secondary school teachers agreed to a deal that will see their salary coefficients raised by 6% over the next 13 months.
At Thursday's cabinet session, government adopted the deal agreed to with unions regarding a three phase raising of the salary coefficients and benefits for primary and secondary school teachers. "The most important thing for us is that students have been back in school since Tuesday," Prime Minister Andrej Plenković noted.
The prime minister added however, that he had made a clear agreement with union representatives that teachers will make up the 16 days of missed classes at no additional expense. "We agreed to adhere to existing practice and pay teachers for their time on strike. However, we also made a clear agreement with unions that those teachers who did strike would not receive additional compensation for making up for missed classes."
In the end the strike has cost students the most, as they will undoubtedly lose part of their winter and summer vacations in order to make up the missed classes. It also remains to be seen how fourth year high school students will do on the year end exam for university admission.
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