Kindergarten teachers petition for higher salaries ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian kindergarten teachers have collected 20,000 signatures to support their call for a minimum salary set by the state. The petition was presented to the Parliament today.

Kindergarten teachers want a similar system to schools where a minimum salary for a teacher is set by the state, which is currently 900 euros per month before tax. The state also pays local governments a certain figure each year for teachers' salaries, although municipalities may top that up.

Currently local governments themselves have to find funding for kindergarten teachers. This has led to a large wage disparity between richer and poorer municipalities.

The signatures were collected in four weeks.

"We're not happy with the situation where kindergarten teachers who do the same job and have the same qualifications, earn very different salaries, depending on where they work. Hence, the pay depends on where someone lives and works and on what the local government decides, not one the qualifications of the teacher, her work experience, contribution and quality of work," the petition reads.

Currently, kindergarten teachers in Estonia earn between 424 and 1,200 euros per month, depending on the region.

Editor: M. Oll



10 years since bronze night riots
Monument of contention

In late April 2007, the Estonian authorities removed the Bronze Soldier monument from Tallinn’s Tõnismägi. The unrest that accompanied the relocation have since become known as the Bronze Night riots.

Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.