TEACHERS in Malaga are battling through illness as they cannot afford to take a day off.
As a result Spanish children are ‘put at risk of infection’ and receive a ‘diminished education’.
Spain’s teachers lose 50% of their salary during the first three days of absence, even if they have a doctor’s note.
Between days 4-20 of absence their wages are cut by 25%. Only after 21 consecutive days of illness does a teacher receive full sick pay.
Ramoni Ruiz, president of the Teaching in Malaga union, said: “What is happening is an outrage. Teachers work with children and adolescents and are exposed to disease on a daily basis.
“This rule creates distrust in the sector and gives our education system a bad image.”
She added that teachers ‘feel their dignity has been trampled on’ and as a union they would be ‘fighting’ to change the law.
Ruiz also criticised the time it takes to get substitute teachers into Malaga’s schools – currently an average of 10 days. Ruiz wants to see this cut to 48 hours.