The three big education federations are organizing, on Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m., a new protest in Bucharest. The teachers are gathering in Piața Victoriei, from where they will march to Cotroceni. In the context of the protest that will take place between 11.00 and 16.00, traffic restrictions were imposed in Bucharest.
UPDATE 11.10 The representatives of the trade unions in education received an official invitation to discussions with the Government.
UPDATE 11.00 The National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania (ANOSR), the Romanian Youth Council (CTR) and the National Student Council (CNE) announce that they stand in solidarity with the teaching staff and their trade unions and express their support for their demands.
“We are convinced that the real reform of education cannot be carried out without an appropriate allocation of the state’s financial resources, and quality education can only be built on solid economic foundations, able to motivate the best graduates to choose the teaching position.
A salary of a debutante teacher, worth 2,400 RON, is disconnected from the socio-economic reality of the year 2023, and the Romanian state is obliged to take responsibility for this situation and take the strategic decision of the correct financing of the education system.
Considering the imminence of the entry into force of the education laws, ANOSR, CTR and CNE request compliance with the provisions that have just been adopted by the Parliament and the allocation of 15% of the national budget to education”, according to the message posted on the Facebook page of ANOSR.
UPDATE 10.50 Traffic in the center of the Capital is blocked. Columns of coaches with teachers coming from several areas of the country are heading towards Piața Victoriei.
UPDATE 10.40 The government announces on the website that from 12 o’clock there will be consultations with the representatives of the education unions. The leader of the Spiru Haret Federation, Marius Nistor, told Digi24 that the trade unionists did not receive any invitation to the talks. “Which negotiations?” asked the trade unionist.
Despite the promises they received from the Government and line ministries, the trade unionists decided to continue the strike and present their demands in a street demonstration.
The protest will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., according to the following schedule:
– between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the gathering of participants in Piaţa Victoriei, respectively Şos. Kiseleff, the segment between Str. Arch. Ion Mincu and Victoriei Square;
– between 12.00 and 13.00, public meeting in Piaţa Victoriei, the perimeter between the extension of Bd. Aviatorilor, Kiseleff Park, Calea Victoriei, the extension of Bd. Iancu de Hunedoara;
– between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., movement of participants along the route Piaţa Victoriei – Str. Buzesti – Str. Berzei – Str. Ştirbei Vodă – Spl. Independence – Grozăvesti Bridge – left Road. Grozăveşti – Bd. Geniului the direction of travel from Bd. Iuliu Maniu to Piaţa Răzoare – endpoint Leo Statue;
– between 15.00 and 15.30, public meeting on Bd. Geniului in the vicinity of the Lion Statue.
– between 15.30 and 16.00, the total discharge of the participants.
“For the smooth running of the event, starting at 10:00 a.m., road traffic will be re-systematized in Piaţa Victoriei, ensuring 2 lanes in each direction in front of the Government of Romania, on Bd. Aviatorilor driving only towards Bd. Lascăr Catargiu and will be restricted gradual traffic for the parking of buses on the road. Kiseleff, lanes I, III and IV, on the segment between Str. Arch. Ion Mincu and Piaţa Victoriei, without affecting the intersections. The second traffic lane on the section above will be reserved for emergency vehicles,” the Capital Road Brigade reported.
Also, the institution specifies that, after the disembarkation of the participants, under the guidance of the traffic police, the coaches will be directed to be parked on the Splaiul Independenţei, the segment between the Grozăveşti Bridge and the Cotroceni Bridge, in the direction of the Bridge. Cotroceni, traffic lanes I and II.
“Depending on the number of participants, the Road Brigade will adopt measures to restrict dynamic road traffic so that the flow and safety of road traffic participants is not affected”, the Road Brigade also sent.
How did we get to yet another teacher protest?
The representatives of the trade unions declared, on Monday, after the discussions at the Ministry of Labor, that they asked for a salary increase until the end of the year and to be guaranteed that in the salary law the debutant teacher’s salary will be at least equal to the average salary in the economy.
They conveyed that there are no reasons why the protest scheduled for Tuesday should not take place, as they have not obtained anything concrete.
Also, the trade unionists requested a meeting with President Klaus Iohannis, whom they ask to exercise his role as “mediator between the state and society in order to obtain real and immediate solutions for the education system from the Executive.” The union leaders conveyed to the president that, until this moment, the Government’s offer does not meet any of the protesters’ demands. The union’s request was registered with the Presidential Administration, which has not yet sent any response.
The Minister of Labor, Marius Budăi, stated that during Monday’s negotiations with the unions in Education, he had “a separate mandate on two levels”: to discuss what is happening with the strike and to shorten the initial deadline, of July 15, for the law payroll.
For his part, the Minister of Education, Ligia Deca, stated that, at this moment, “we are not in a position to delay the exam calendar in any way”.
“The deadline for the conclusion of the averages for class XII and class XIII, in the case of evening education, is June 2. If necessary, we will extend this term, so that all the children have completed their schooling”, she said.
Editor : G.M.