Hundreds of teachers demonstrate against low pay
Meanwhile, hundreds of teachers from both the Czech Republic and abroad demonstrated outside the Czech Education Ministry against low pay on Saturday morning. After protesting at the ministry, they joined the mass demonstration held near Prague Castle at Hradčanské náměstí. A spokesperson from the Czech education workers’ trade union, František Dobšík, said that a further drop in wages in light of the current financial climate was ‘simply unacceptable’ for education workers and urged the government on Saturday to rule out the move. A pay raise of 3.5 percent for those working in the public sector, set to affect teachers in particular, was approved by the government of Mirek Topolánek just before it fell in March. Trade union officials, however, complain that the Czech education sector is grossly underfunded.