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Primary teachers give union green light to take strike action

PRIMARY teachers’ union POED on Thursday gave their leadership the green light to take ‘dynamic measures’, including possible strike action, in a bid to push their demands.

In a secret ballot, 89 per cent of the 2,870 union members voted to authorize the leadership to act, due to the Education Ministry’s ‘lack of will’ to address their many demands despite an ongoing dialogue.

Having received the mandate, the POED leadership was expected to convene soon to decide its next course of action.

Teachers stress the necessity “to support children that exhibit increased learning disabilities in Greek and mathematics, and the prevention and management of delinquent behaviour, as early as pre-school education”. They also call for “appropriate support” for special-needs children.

In addition, they are asking for increased administrative time for elementary, kindergarten, and special schools’ management teams, with a simultaneous reduction of their teaching time for more “efficient administration and management of daily tasks”.

POED also asks that as regards staffing of schools, actual needs should be taken into account “for the benefit of the children.”




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