A chemistry professor of the University of Marburg, a small german city, thought that his salary of 3.890 euros per month was too low. He went to the Federal Constitutional Court to claim that university professors’ wages are not worth of their efforts. The German Association of Professors (DHV) backed him.
The court not only agreed with him, but ruled the current pay scale for all college professors violates the German Consititution. In a landmark ruling (sorry, it’s in German), the Court recognizes that college professors are civil servants and therefore, mandates their employers:
“…to pay alimony and appropriate his seniority, according to the responsibility associated with his office and the meaning of the Civil Service to the community accordance with the development of general economic and financial conditions and overall standards of living reasonable living expenses grant.”
Beyond the legalese, one particular part of the decision defends the role of the college professor, because of “…the reputation of the office in the Eyes of society, the training required by the incumbent and his duty…”.
Even if opinions are split in Germany, the ruling sets a precedent can help college professors worldwide.
In Venezuela, where professors are fighting not just for to improve their joke salaries, but struggling mightily to keep our universities from collapsing altogether. The Ministry’s response is to ignore and/or delay their petitions, but only if the current minister is not attacking them for not helping the “process”.
But then, no somos alemanes.