Babiš says teachers’ salaries will rise slightly, denying plans for pay freeze

The Ministry of Finance is to recommend that teachers get a 1 percent pay rise as part of next year’s budget. Finance Minister Andrej Babiš told journalists that teachers’ unions’ assertions that the government planned to freeze teachers’ salaries were untrue. Mr. Babiš said that teachers deserved a pay rise, but that the Ministry of Education would need to reduce operating costs. He and the education minister, Marcel Chládek, are due to hold talks. Representatives of teachers’ unions said on Tuesday that their members’ pay would be frozen next year, while other public servants would see higher salaries.