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German teachers begin nationwide strike
FEBRUARY 18, 2013 - 4:06PM | BY STANISLAVA GAYDAZHIEVA
Teachers and child care workers began their nationwide public sector strike on Monday when staff from nearly 100 schools in Berlin went out on the street.
The warning action is part of a wage dispute in which the teachers insist, among others, for a 6.5% salary rise.
The strike in Berlin will last the whole day on Monday, while it is expected to move over to other states of the federal republic on Tuesday.
Local media report that the German public sector educational union (GEW) has informed parents about the action plans in advance, with the advice to keep children at home if possible.
Reports say that some schools in the German capital managed to find substitute staff for the day.
Public sector union Verdi is behind the labour action, pushing up for the 6.5% salary rise for more than 800,000 public sector employees.
Attempts of Verdi, educational union GEW and the union of police GdP to come to an agreement failed last Thursday. The third round of negotiations is planned for 7 and 8 March.
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Stanislava Gaydazhieva is a journalist for New Europe
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