The head of Poland’s main teachers’ union is calling for urgent mediation with the government to end a nationwide strike that has entered a second day and is threatening upcoming graduation exams.

The indefinite strike started Monday after teachers’ pay negotiations with the government failed Sunday, when two major unions found the government offer unsatisfactory. Monthly net earnings for chronically underpaid teachers range from 1,800 zlotys to 3,000 zlotys ($470 to $780).

The head of the main ZNP union, Slawomir Broniarz, said Tuesday he was urgently awaiting negotiations to resume, through a mediator, to find a solution and “put out this fire.”

Banners, declaring the participation at the indefinite nationwide teachers' pay strike, displayed on the fence at the Primary School number 68 in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Banners, declaring the participation at the indefinite nationwide teachers’ pay strike, displayed on the fence at the Primary School number 68 in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

If it continues, the strike could prevent students from taking their middle school graduation exams starting Wednesday and elementary school exams next week.

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