“The Ministry of Education together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Investments and European Projects have started the steps to develop the normative acts that would create the legal framework for the remuneration of all non-teaching staff in the state education, at the level of the grids provided by the Framework Law no. . 153/2017 regarding the salary of staff paid from public funds, with subsequent amendments and additions, for the year 2022. According to the analysis of the Ministry of Education, this means an increase of about 9% of the salary and a budgetary impact estimated at 90 million lei, up to the end of the calendar year, for the almost 55,000 beneficiaries from pre-university education and 10,000 from higher education”, reports the Ministry of Education.
According to the quoted source, it is foreseen to grant a bonus for the beginning teachers, as well as the granting of some financial incentives for the teachers who are employed in educational units from disadvantaged areas.
“We mention that the granting of financial incentives for teaching staff who work in educational institutions in disadvantaged areas is one of the objectives included in the draft Law on Pre-university Education, which is, today (Monday – no), for a vote in the plenary session of the Romanian Senate . We reiterate the fact that education is a national priority for the parties in the current governing coalition”, it is mentioned at the end of the communiqué.
General strike in schools
Education union leaders announced after Sunday afternoon’s negotiations that a general strike will begin on Monday, when 150,000 teachers will be on strike.
The leaders of the education unions stated that the Executive came “with the same offer as in the last days”.
More than 150,000 teachers and 50,000 – 60,000 non-teaching and auxiliary staff start a general strike on Monday, but the trade unionists say they are “open to negotiations”.
Union leaders said bonuses for new teachers and those from underprivileged areas were mentioned in the negotiations, without establishing a clear timetable.
The unions say that the duration of the strike will depend on the response the Government will give and until those who joined its initiation will give up.
They advise parents to keep their children at home on Monday, even if schools will not close.
The government announced, after negotiations, that the Ministry of Labor must come up with the draft for the new wage law by July 15, and the approval would take place only after September 1.
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