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As threatened, Polish teachers will stage a strike throughout Poland this Tuesday.
According to the chairman of the Polish Teachers' Union (ZNP), Slawomir Broniarz, 50 to 90 percent of schools will join the protest. The teachers demand pay rises, upholding the Teacher's Charter and early retirement rights.
"We are striking not only to settle the interests of a professional group. Our protest should answer the question how schools will look like in the future. The strike is also in the interest of children and parents," Boniarz told the TVN24 news channel. "We have been appealing for weeks now for parents not to send their children, especially young ones, to school tomorrow," he added.
In schools where the matura secondary school final examinations are taking place, some have been postponed until Wednesday, others will take place in the evening, after the protest ends.
According to the chair of the teachers union, the government has not delivered on its promise of fair earnings for teachers which is why they demand a pay hike of 50 percent over the next two years.
Teachers also want to retain the right to early retirement; according to Broniarz, givernment objections that many teachers retire before they turn 50 and burden the state budget are not true.
There are around 600,000 teachers in Poland, half of which belong to the ZNP. They have been demanding pay rises since the early 90s. This strike will be the seventh major stoppage since 1993.