Teachers' leaders in Slovakia say they will strike on January 26th, if the government fails to meet their demands on improved pay and proper funding for education. This is the latest stage in a long campaign for funding by Slovakian teachers. Last term the teachers organised a protest against a draft state budget which would result in a 'lack of basic equipment in classrooms.' They christened the action 'the long nose protest', donning nose masks to indicate how they were being led by the nose by the government.
Pay for teachers in Slovakia is only 60% of other graduate occupations' salaries, meaning it is difficult to recruit teachers. It also falls way below the average for OECD countries. Typically, the International Monetary Fund is urging more cuts and privatisation despite the fact that it identifies strong growth in the country.