Source AP ©

School teachers in Bulgaria strike

Bulgarian teachers walked off the job Monday demanding higher wages and increased government spending on education.

The strike follows weeklong protests in front of the government building in the capital, Sofia, where teachers called for a 100 percent pay rise starting next year, and an allocation of at least 5 percent of the country's gross domestic product for education.

More than 80 percent of teachers have joined the protest, according to the strike committee, after weeklong negotiations with the education ministry failed.

There are about 100,000 teachers in Bulgaria's public schools, and according to government figures their average monthly wage is 440 leva (EUR225; (US$317).

The government has offered a 15 percent wage increase starting in January 2008, and a second 15 percent increase in July 2008. It plans to spend about 4.3 percent of GDP on education in 2008, up from 4.18 percent this year.

Education Minister Daniel Valchev dismissed the teachers' demands for a doubling of wages as "unfeasible."

Comments
Russia refuses to build helicopter carriers, but considers aircraft carriers
Putin sets Merkel against Trump. She doesn't mind
One step closer to a resolution in Syria
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Putin sets Merkel against Trump. She doesn't mind
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Putin sets Merkel against Trump. She doesn't mind
Putin sets Merkel against Trump. She doesn't mind
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
US-Russian confrontation: War is peace, freedom is slavery
Default more likely to hit American, rather than Russian economy
Russia refuses to build helicopter carriers, but considers aircraft carriers
Pilot shares his impressions after flying Su-57 fifth-generation fighter
Turkey desperately tries to rescue its national currency as it falls to all-time lows
Boris Yeltsin tried to escape to US Embassy as USSR was falling apart
Terrorists attack police officers in Chechnya in a series of poorly prepared acts
Russia Must Die - The Deep State has Spoken
Oil prices may fall as USA saves record oil reserves
Putin sets Merkel against Trump. She doesn't mind