Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ten thousand teachers, really? (updated)

While government wants to bring about the change Latvian teachers, policemen, professors and the rest of public sector workers wait for news about the planned layoffs. From one ministry I heard confirmation about fifty employees sacked in ten minutes, but it was relatively small one. Huge layoffs should be expected in the most numerous ministries - interior, education, agriculture and finance. While civil servants wait and government work is almost frozen news just came about ten thousand teachers or one third of all Latvian teachers to be laid off by September 1, 2009. This is extreme news, and I would update on this news as soon as I would comprehend this number in comparative terms. Until then the Latvian public must simply survive the increasing rate of unemployment that ratcheted up in the first quarter to the 13,9 % annual rate, because otherwise Zemgus cartoon could turn out to be prophetic.

Text in Latvian: Lowest point of decline is being reached & got to climb up now!





Updated

Numbers I have had hold on are not reliable yet, but political developments have taken their own path. The Minister of Education and former undersecretary of the Ministry Mrs Tatjana Koke just sacked the incumbent undersecretary Mr Mareks Gruskevics.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gotta be exciting country to live in..

Veiko Spolitis said...

Tough, tough, tough....and now the minister of education blames the Ministry of Education top civil servant Mr Gruškevics for misinforming the public. Namely, instead of 10 000 sacked teachers, first 4000 teachers would be sacked, and later 6000 of them would be able to start private practice...

DaceK said...

Private practice for teachers???Does the explanatory comment of the Minister means - we are not sacking but rearranging the public sector work contracts? A tactics for further tax increase?
Funny - our government is complaining that taxes are not coming in, but pushes its civil servants in Ministries, Including Revenue service itself to work on "authors agreements" or as self employed - (revenue service as intellectual property work...think of the best scheme to rip off those self employed teachers?). This change of contract type cuts off any possible unemployment benefits for these people (more savings) then as of January 1, 2010 considers raising income tax for self employed to the 23%..(shall we on top of that pre-tax the possible yearly income?) So, from 100 LVL now, state saves 33% on not paying 'employers" tax on each worker + by raising income tax for those "private teachers" lowers thier salaries by ? about 10%... (sorry, have not done proper calculation)
Are we a country of SCHEMES - nothing can be done in a transparent way, or can it? Gruškevics probably tried...
Maybe someone from ministry of finance should try as well, unless "nosing speshal" (translate - Nothing special) is the slogan of everything now.

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