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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Teachers Plan 3-Day Strike

Teachers across Russia are planning a three-day strike from Jan. 30 to protest the government's failure to pay wages promptly and settle a host of other social problems plaguing the nation's schools.


According to a spokeswoman from the Russian teachers union, an estimated 250,000 teachers nationwide will support the job action to try to force the government into paying the back wages it owes.


The coordinating committee has called for the strike to last three days, but Interfax reported Friday that particularly cash-strapped regions, such as Kemerovo, plan to close schools indefinitely. According to the report, the government owes more than 35 billion rubles ($7.5 million) in unpaid wages to many regions.


While the union spokeswoman said Moscow teachers were scheduled to join Tuesday's action, the Moscow Department of Education claimed to have no knowledge of the upcoming protest.


Support from Moscow school teachers, whose wages are considerably higher than the national average, was minimal during the last two strikes called for by the All-Russia Union of Science and Education Workers.


Last month, when more than 22,000 teachers throughout Russia joined in a one-day strike to protest low wages, only 200 school teachers from Moscow showed support for their colleagues.