The rights of public education staff to strike must not be restricted, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony has said in a statement jointly signed with mayors of the united opposition in support of a warning strike planned by teachers.
Striking is “their fundamental right … to raise their voice against the grievances they have suffered”, the statement said, adding that “the government is planning to use ignoble means to thwart the strike planned for January 31”. In their statement, the mayors said they had received reports of heads of schools threatening retaliation against employees participating in the strike action. “We condemn any attempt at restricting this action,” they added.
“The government should … negotiate rather than intimidate; find a solution rather than threaten,” the statement said.