The strike on education ends

Schools in Kosovo are due to re-open on Monday following a meeting between government officials and education union representatives, with the outcome of the union’s salary increase demands yet to be clarified.

“Congratulations teachers and dear pupils,” wrote Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli on Facebook on Friday morning, marking an end to the three-week-long strike of teachers and staff across the whole education system in Kosovo.

The post came after a meeting between Veseli, Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and head of the Union of Education, Culture and Science of Kosovo, SBAShK, Rrahman Jasharaj, which was held on Friday morning.

“As the leaders of our institutions claimed, the new agreement has brought us closer to our demands, so congratulations to all, the school year will commence on Monday,” said Jasharaj.

SBAShK’s strike has been in place since January 14, demanding salary increases of up to 30 percent from the Kosovo Government, who planned to send the revised version of the Draft Law on Public Sector Salaries to the Assembly for approval without meeting the demands of the union.

A vote on the Law on Public Sector Salaries will take place on Saturday during a session at the Kosovo Assembly.  For the draft law to pass at the Assembly it requires a simple majority, meaning half of MPs present must vote in favor of the law.

More than 300,000 thousand elementary, secondary and university students have been affected by the strikes in the last three weeks.