Labor union chief Frank Bsirske expressed demands to increase wages by 5.5%, improve job security and guarantee employment for trainee workers. According to him, the demands are justified because of the recent tax increase.
"Anyone who expects good work from qualified workers has to pay them properly," he said.
The next step in a series of strikes expected on Tuesday when 200,000 teachers over the country a due to stop working. Additional strikes may include the coast guard, street repair crews and state administrative offices.