"Wasted time". Next round of talks between teachers and government on April 1
"Shame that we may consider all those hours that we spent today as somewhat wasted, as we’re nowhere near of finding a solution. The government side did not propose any new ideas," said the chairman of the Polish Teachers’ Union, Sławomir Broniarz. "We will resume the talks regarding Polish education system on Monday. We’ve asked the unions to coordinate their demands," said the deputy PM Beata Szydło after the meeting with unions’ representatives.
"We are scheduled to meet on the 1st of April. I trust that this date won't be treated as a joke," said Sławomir Broniarz, the leader of Polish Teachers' Union (ZNP).
"It's a shame that we may consider all those hours that we spent today as somewhat wasted, as we’re nowhere near of finding a solution. The government side did not propose any new ideas, only insisted on repeating that it's a big gesture on their part to expedite raises planned for January 2020, for September 2019," he added.
"We're far from even a scent of compromise. The proposed raises in no way correspond with the demands of social partners, including Solidarity," he said.
"The main issue with today's talks is that, in my opinion, the government is trying to play the unions. I was under the impression that deputy PM Szydło was advocating more for the Solidarity's side and not ours," Broniarz said.
He added that the proposal by the Trade Unions' Forum and the ZNP is still on the table. "This proposal is still the subject of talks, of negotiations," he said. The ZNP chairman stressed that general strike of teachers on the 8th of April is still on.
"So far, we're not a single zloty closer to agreement. I'm getting less and less optimistic after today's meeting," said Sławomir Wittkowicz from the Trade Unions' Forum.
"We're definitely not calling off the strike or the preparations to it," said Jan Guz, chairman of the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions.
"We're waiting for government's proposal. We still demand 1,000-zloty raises, no less. Let's bear in mind that the longer we talk, the time value of money," he said.
Szydło: coordinate demands
"We will continue the talks regarding the situation in Polish education system on Monday the 1st of April," the deputy PM Beata Szydło announced after the meeting. "We've asked the unions to coordinate their demands and standpoints," said Szydło. "We are still open for talks," she reassured.
"The talks are ongoing. I believe that as long as we're sitting down at this table to talk, there's still a chance of finding a solution," said the minister of family, labour and social affairs, Elżbieta Rafalska.