Janevska: The agreement between SONK and the Government is not appropriate to their demands, they have been manipulated
It seems that all stakeholders in society and citizens have forgotten why the teachers' strike started. The teachers' strike started because they demanded leveling of their salaries according to the minimum wage in the country, and that did not happen and that is why I think they have been manipulated. The agreement between SONK and the Government is not appropriate to their demands, says Vesna Janevska, chairwoman of the Education Commission of VMRO-DPMNE, regarding the agreement between the government and the union that came after almost three weeks of strike of employees in educational institutions in Macedonia , who, in addition to raising wages, also demanded leveling of wages in accordance with the increased minimum wage.
She in today's guest appearance in the central Dnevnik on Sitel TV in "Tema of the Day", said that the agreed salary increase of 15% will be on their minimum salary which is 14.754 in primary education and 15.288 in secondary education, and not on a salary harmonized with minimum, which was one of their key requirements.
"What is now an agreement between SONK and the government does not refer to the minimum wage of the state. The minimum wage in primary education is 14.754 denars, in secondary education is 15.288 denars. What does the minimum wage in education mean and the percentage they have now received, 15% will refer to these minimum wages, not to the minimum wage in the country. We will start to calculate the percentage, for example in primary education, at the lower amount of 14.700 and a fraction of denars, after that, with that percentage the coefficient will be calculated according to the job, the tasks performed by teachers, seniority and work experience and so on. they finally get the gross salary and that is not in accordance with their requirements at all. "Their requests were for their coefficient to be calculated based on the minimum wage in the country, ie 18.000 denars," said Janevska.
She added that the way this agreement was reached was even more humiliating for the educators, because the Law on Reconciliation and Peaceful Dispute Resolution should have been applied before the general strike, and not after it.
She added that the Government did not implement this law because until the last day they did not believe that there would be a teachers' strike, but after seeing that there has been a protest for three weeks, and the end of the school year and graduation is approaching, they decided to apply this a mechanism that, in any case, should have been used before and not after the start of the strike.