September 1st is the day when children in Kosovo return to school. However, such a thing did not happen today, as education in Kosovo is on strike.
September 1st is the day when children in Kosovo return to school.
However, such a thing did not happen today, as education in Kosovo is on strike.
The Telegraph team was in several schools in Pristina to see the teachers' strike up close.
In the "Ismail Qemali" Lower Secondary Primary School, in Prishtina, the strike was being respected, the teachers were there, but not the students.
The head of the Trade Union Association of this school, Naim Bytyçi, told Telegraph that the teachers are in the school and have started the strike.
"We are continuing the strike on its sixth day, since it was announced on August 25, based on the proposal made by the BSPK.
The strike is being implemented by all the teachers here.
All the teachers have arrived here at 7:30 and none of them have taken the diary to go to class.
We are outraged by Minister Murati's statements," he said.
Grandfather Musli Rexhepi also expressed his displeasure with the strike, he considered what is being done to the children a shame.
"As a grandfather, I see this strike as very hostile to the Education Union, but also partly to the Government, both together are harming our children.
This is a body of them, especially from the union", he said.
While the "Ali Sokoli" High School of Medicine was not acting the same way, the students had started the regular learning process.
The director of this school, Flamur Bujupi, did not allow the Telegraph team to shoot inside the premises of this school and refused to speak as well.
On the other hand, the "Hasan Prishtina" Primary and Secondary School was implementing the strike, the director of this school, Sofie Bunjaku, was not present in the school premises.
She also refused to speak to the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, the strike initiated by the United Education Union (SBASHK) has started since August 25 and will continue until an indefinite period.
Regarding this, the Minister of Finance, Labor and Transfers, Hekuran Murati, during a media conference held on Wednesday, said that due to the strike in the public sector, the execution of salaries for the strikers will be partial.
"As for the lists of strikers, we have asked to be presented with the list of those who are working, so who is at the workplace should be notified.
A list of strikers was not requested because we already have it.
There are over 25,000 people who are with SBAShK.
If we start from the statements of SBAShK, where it is said that all members are on strike, then all of them should be suspended from their salaries.
Some of them have gone to the workplace, some of them are on collective leave and not on strike, there were many who openly declared against the strike", said Minister Murati.
After Murat's statement at this conference, the President of the SBASHK, Rrahman Jasharaj, did not remain without reaction.
He declared that he has submitted a criminal complaint against the Minister of Finance, Labor and Transfers, Hekuran Murat, after the latter made a decision to stop the salaries of all the employees who are on strike.
"SBASHK has prepared and submitted the criminal complaint against Minister Murati.
Kosovo's budget is also with our sweat.
We are not asking Murat to give his salary to the teachers, but to share the people's budget with the people who serve the people", he said before the media.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, announced this Thursday that the Law on Wages will be publicly discussed next week.
According to him, the coefficient for teachers will be better than in the past, while he called on the teachers to end the strike.