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Teachers to resume measures after dialogue fails again

Primary education teachers’ union Poed said on Thursday they would resume strike measures after dialogue with the education ministry went nowhere.

Earlier in the month, the union had announced they were suspending their rolling strikes for two weeks, as a goodwill gesture to the government due to the Cyprus settlement talks in Switzerland.

But during the two-week pause, the teachers said, the education ministry failed to engage them satisfactorily, and their demands have not been addressed. During this two-week period they had requested several meetings with education minister Costas Kadis, but only got two.

As such, they will be resuming their strike measures.

As before, the teachers will be staging one-hour work stoppages scheduled to take place on rotation in each district every Wednesday morning between 7.30am and 8.30am, meaning schools in one district at a time will all start an hour later.

The next scheduled strike action will take place on Wednesday, November 30, at primary schools in the Larnaca district.

And on the following Wednesday, December 7, one-hour work stoppages will be held at schools in Nicosia and Paphos.

The union’s key demand is for annual – 12-month – contracts to be given to temporary teachers instead of 10-month contracts, per a cabinet decision aiming to tackle staff shortages in schools. The union’s board had said that the strike was also about serious problems that primary schools face related to pre-schools, special education, illiteracy, children whose mother tongue is not Greek and juvenile delinquency.

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