From Iceland — Students Show Support For Teachers In Wage Dispute

Students Show Support For Teachers In Wage Dispute

Published February 4, 2014

A group of secondary school students are organising a demonstration in front of parliament tomorrow to show their support for their teachers, who are currently in a wage dispute with the state.

DV reports that the demonstration – which is open to the general public – is to take place in front of parliament at 15:00 tomorrow. A statement from the organisers, who are secondary school students, expresses solidarity with their teachers over the labour dispute.

“We are all facing the same gigantic problem, and it approaches faster than many expected,” the statement reads in part. “There will soon be a strike and so we have to act fast.”

Secondary school teachers in Iceland have been fighting for a wage increase for some time now. In a recent statement to the press, they contend that the wages for Icelandic secondary school teachers is “far below the OECD average, on top of which, state funding to education has been drastically reduced.”

Over 1,200 people are planning on attending the demonstration at the time of this writing.

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