The agreement reached between the Government and the leadership of the Trade Union for Education, Science and Culture (SONK) to increase salaries by 12 percent, did not receive support from SONK members, due to which the strike continues today in primary and secondary schools, and, according to announcements, will last until a mutually acceptable solution is found. On the other hand, SONK decided that the preschools should continue to operate regularly.
SONK President Jakim Nedelkov, yesterday after announcing that the membership did not accept the proposal to increase salaries by 12 percent, said that the Union as a sign of dissatisfaction with the results of the negotiations decided to organize a large mass protest in front of the Government on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
“Our membership during the day voted in favor of the proposals. Out of a total of 480 trade unions that gave data on their statement, 388 were in favor of continuing the strike from tomorrow, and only 83 were in favor of ending the strike. Most of those who spoke in favor of ending the strike are child protection unions, and without exception, the huge number who were in favor of continuing the strike are colleagues employed in primary and secondary education. The SONK Council, given the summarized results, decided that the strike in primary and secondary education continues tomorrow until a mutually acceptable solution is found between the Union and the Government,” Nedelkov said on Tuesday.
Nedelkov added that the SONK Council, based on the statement of the trade unions from the kindergartens, made a decision to put the strike on hold in the preschools.