As many as 218 of Wrocław’s schools and pre-schools will be disrupted today as a result of a teacher strike.
Teachers and some other school staff have been demanding raises more or less equivalent to 1,000zł per month, something Poland’s PiS government have been unwilling to budge on.
The government did manage to reach agreement with the Solidarnosć trade union yesterday. However, Solidarnosć have been rather close to PiS for some time; In they eyes of the other trade unions, they’ve sold out.
The agreement Solidarnosć signed would see salaries increase between 479zł and 833zł according to pro-government portal wpolityce.pl. That is noticeably short of what the other trade unions are prepared to accept.
On the same day the government refused to meet the demands of most unions, PiS chairman Jarosław Kaczynski announced even more benefits for farmers. Under the terms of his proposals, farmers will receive a 500zł bonus per cow and a 100zł bonus for each pig.
According to Gazeta Wyborcza, 218 of 250 schools will take part in the strike. This includes primary schools, kindergartens, special needs schools and secondary schools. Although most of them are still officially open today, many classes will be canceled due to the strike action.
Wyborcza also report that the directors of the schools have made it clear that the canteens could be closed and that the pupils should not come to school if possible.
To try and mitigate the effect of the strike, Wrocław City Council will organise a number of special extra-curricular classes at places like the Zoo, Stadion Wrocław, the Hydropolis and the Aquapark.
The city have set aside as 500,000zł to fund these classes, as well as provide a childcare allowance for those that need it.