Estonian Teachers demonstrating in Tallinn last October Teachers in Estonia are to strike for three days in March in their struggle for decent salaries The Estonian government is blaming the economic crisis for failing to answer the teachers' demands for a 20% pay rise. At present they earn as little as $800 a month - less than a private soldier and considerably less than the average wage. Estonia has been characterised as a 'Baltic tiger' and praised by the International Monetary Fund  for aggressively pursuing policies of spending cuts and financial deregulation. Former education minister Peter Kreizberg was reported on this site in October as saying: “Teachers should not have to worry about whether they can afford decent clothes or a theater ticket or a book. The six- to eight-year goal for Estonia should be establishing a pay of twice the national average for teachers. The money could be raised by increasing taxes, for example. The government’s rhetoric that low taxes are the engine of our economic success is misguided. Tongue in cheek, one could say there are those who receive flowers for what they do, there are those who receive flowers and money, and there are those who receive just money. Teachers, in our society, are the ones who receive just flowers.” In an unusual development, protesting teachers have put together an exhibition of art on the third floor of the government building , which they have called  'Strike'. According to the website ERR News, organizer and teacher Tõnu Talve said, “I wanted to encourage teachers to create a new piece of art or find an old one and rename it to give it a topical meaning. I wanted it to (be) protest art.” It looks as though other workers will be joining the teachers' strike with transport, mining and energy workers prepared to participate in the protests, according to the Baltic Times . The strike date is set for March 7th.