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Representatives of both the teachers' unions and the finance and education ministries met yesterday in yet another effort to further the negotiations on a new employment contract.

According to sources in the two teachers' unions, there has been no significant progress in the talks so far, and the two sides have agreed to meet again tomorrow.

The teachers' union representatives said they do not believe that they will strike any time before the middle of next week.

During the talks yesterday, the two sides agreed to set up joint teams to examine the various implications of the education reform taking shape.

However, the teachers' unions say that this development should not interfere with their wage demands, already presented to the treasury.

They are demanding compensation for serious wage erosion over the years and for working without contracts for several years.