Latvia: Teacher union to ask PM Karins to implement strike demands

The Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) will ask Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins to adopt urgent solutions to implement the agreement reached with the Ministry of Education and Science after a recent teacher strike, LETA reports. Earlier, LIZDA demanded that Education Minister Anda Caksa resign, which the minister refused to do, insisting that the ministry had met all strike demands. LIZDA chair Inga Vanaga said that Caksa’s refusal was expected. She reiterated LIZDA’s complaint that the ministry had failed to provide correct calculations on how to finance teacher salaries. LIZDA hopes to reach an agreement with the government; otherwise, the trade union will call a council meeting to discuss further action, Vanaga said.