EHU teachers organize picket in Vilnius


There are 3 EHU senators and representatives of the trade union at the picket, Radio Liberty reports. They are holding posters in English and Lithuanian: Authoritarian university for democratic Belarus? – We are not guest workers – Fake contest - Fake faculties – Where are my rights? – See you in court – Can EHU ignore Lithuanian laws?

They are protesting against the recent teacher replacement contest, picketer Maksim Zhbankou said.  The administration simply chose loyal teachers which has nothing to do with the academic freedoms, the picketers think. “There was no contest, they just gave the positions to loyal teachers,” Zhbankou said.

The conflict between the EHU administration and teachers from the trade union Platform arose a few months ago. EHU rector Anatol Mihailau ordered to organize an open teacher replacement contest on January 13. 17 vacancies were offered. As a result, the administration fired democratically elected head of the EHU senate Pavel Tserashkovich.