Teachers plan a march of protest and a rally in Vilnius on Monday.
Teachers' strike
Teachers' strike
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

Vilnius Municipality has informed BNS that it has issued a permit for a rally of up to 2,000 people.

The rally is being held a week before the start of a planned strike on February 22 as teachers demand higher pay.

The Ministry of Education and Science has proposed a special five-year program for raising teachers' wages and has suggested a review of the 2016 state budget to provide for a raise this year.

The Ministry of Finance, however, has opposed additional funding for the education system, stressing the need to optimize expenses.

Demanding a pay raise and other changes, teachers already held several warning strikes in December.

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