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Mongolian teachers strike puts government in a bind

Constrained by IMF bailout, cabinet resists call for nearly 150% pay hike

Teachers on strike at a school in Ulaanbaatar: The sign reads "Salary equal to our work." (Photo by Ochir Khaidui)

ULAANBAATAR -- A rolling strike by public school teachers in the Mongolian capital has left parents scrambling and pushed the government into an awkward position.

Teachers at Ulaanbaatar's public schools and kindergartens are demanding higher wages. But the cabinet of Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, formed on Oct. 18, has insisted that "resources are low and that the government was obliged not to raise public workers' salaries or increase staff according to the agreement with the International Monetary Fund."

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