The leader of the For People party, Veronika Remišová, presented the so-called salary machine, within which he wants to push for an increase in teachers’ salaries. The proposal, which should also be enshrined in law, wants to be enforced on the coalition council. The Minister of Education did not react to this, he only remarked that Remišová should rather focus on Eurofunds, which fall within her competence. She knows how to be in conflict and with herself. Slovakia has been living in conflict not only according to Gröhling. “You need two people for the conflict. I will leave Ms. Remis alone in this conflict, I will not refer her to anything. She will manage to be in the conflict with herself,” the Minister of Education said after the government meeting, adding that their work spoke for them. “I would just like to ask Mrs Remišová to look at the Eurofunds and the partnership agreement, because we will have nothing to pay for teaching assistants next year. will continue to defend teachers’ salaries. Gröhling has already discussed this with the Prime Minister, and further talks are planned not only with the Prime Minister but also with the Minister of Finance. “We have to deal with this topic inside and then ask ourselves what the outcome is,” he said, adding that they were facing a protest and did not think that it should be made into a theater. Gröhling’s unnecessary speech Remišová smiled in response to Gröhling’s words. “These are useless statements from Mr Gröhling. First of all, we want teachers to have higher salaries. I would not like people to remember this coalition as one that failed to raise teachers at a time of global inflation. That is why we came up with “a compromise proposal for a payroll for public employees ‘salaries, with teachers’ salaries increased by 10%. We want to push for this, that’s all,” she said. Photo gallery (6) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel According to her, Gröhling doesn’t have a craft to do. “It is the role of the whole coalition to find the money,” she said. “When the chairman of the SaS knew how to throw on the ground so as not to pay taxes on the excessive profits of companies that have undeserved profits, which is related to the war in Ukraine and the global crisis … the deputy prime minister added. For the people, he proposes a salary machine. He designs a payroll that will be anchored in law. Remišová noted that the For People party wants to enforce a systemic solution so that the mechanism for increasing teachers’ salaries is enshrined in law. “This means that a direct increase must be taken into account in the annual budget,” Remišová explained, adding that it works similarly in healthcare. According to her, the party considers education to be extremely important. Photo gallery (6) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel The party’s vice-president Viera Leščáková pointed out that this was not an attack on the Minister of Education or the President of the Liberals, Richard Sulík, but they wanted to push for salary increases in education. According to her, they came up with a proposal last week to convert taxed Russian oil into teachers’ salaries, which the SaS party rejected. He claims that the means to increase teachers’ salaries are and calls on the SaS to insist with them on the coalition council that the funds be used for salaries in public administration and specifically for salaries in education. He considers it necessary to increase salaries in education by at least ten percent and subsequently introduce a payroll. Photo gallery (6) Source: Facebook / Branislav Gröhling – Education is the future of the country For the people, it is proposed that by 15 June, when a protest rally of school unions is scheduled in Bratislava, coalition partners meet and agree on a joint solution. “We propose that the machine be established in some way, for example as 75 percent of the average salary of a university-educated employee,” said economist Tomáš Meravý. According to him, this could also be linked to the average wage in the national economy, which is a matter of agreement. Remišová added that she considered it absurd for the Minister of Education to join the protest rally. Reaction arrives too late a new tax on alcohol, tobacco or oil. Gröhling said that Remišová and Za lidí, unfortunately, react very late. Photo gallery (6) Source: Facebook / Branislav Gröhling – Education is the future of the country “Dozens of negotiations and meetings took place over two years to increase teachers’ salaries. The reaction was that there was no money,” said the Minister of Education. He pointed out that 1.3 billion euros were subsequently spent on the non-systemic social package. “We warned that this money will be missing in education and health care, but the coalition partners ignored it,” he added. He added that these words are now being confirmed and the coalition partners want to “save their faces with new dubious taxes”. “It is a shame to first irresponsibly spend 1.3 billion on buying voters as under Smer, and then refer education to some dubious oil taxes, the revenue of which no one can guarantee. The Institute of Financial Policy estimates the revenue from the Financial Policy only at 25-50 million euros per year (which is an increase in salaries of 2.7 percent at best), it is also a short-term tax and it cannot finance long-term state expenditures, “said the head of the education department. By voting for the 1.3 billion package, the People’s Party, according to the minister, broke its election promises to increase teachers’ salaries.
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