Two Hungarian teachers’ unions have asked the country’s highest court to declare unconstitutional a government decree imposing compulsory minimum service during strikes.
The teachers, represented by the Teachers’ Union (PSZ) and the Democratic Union of Teachers (PDSZ), argued that the decree violated the principle of necessity and proportionality and teachers’ right to strike, Hungary Today reported.
The decree, issued on February 11, requires teachers to provide minimum services due to the emergency.
These services include mandatory childcare on workdays affected by the strike and regular classes for high school students preparing for their diploma. Also, children cannot be grouped with other classes.
In their appeal to the Constitutional Court, the teachers argue that the strike no longer makes sense if these minimum services are the same as those provided during normal school hours.
On Wednesday February 23, around 200 secondary school teachers gathered outside the Faculty of Law of ELTE University in Budapest to challenge the government’s decision.
Meanwhile, hundreds of teachers continue to take part in “civil disobedience” demonstrations outside the capital.
Due to low salaries and overwork, Hungarian teachers were already protesting against government measures before the decree.
In January, 50,000 teachers took part in a strike demanding a pay rise and an end to the government’s policy of sending unvaccinated teachers on unpaid leave.
(Silvia Ellena | EURACTIV.com)