Argentine Teachers Wage Strike Goes On
Buenos Aires, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The teacher conflict in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires today shows signs of worsening, in an environment where teachers are ready tomorrow for a great federal march in the whole country.
Educators have been demanding for months a fair and decent salary that compensates for high inflation rates.
Although the school year started halfway and intermittently in other places by various measures of force, - in some parts it has been almost 10 days without classes-, in the case of the province of Buenos Aires they remain stagnant.
Today the union leaders will return to the table of dialogue with the local government to try to find a way out and although the local government warned that it will give discounts to those who are unemployed, guilds have ratified their plan of struggle.
Last Saturday in a television program President Mauricio Macri confessed that the teacher conflict did not let him sleep. Earlier he had posted on his social networks an image of a teacher teaching in the middle of the ruins of Hiroshima in 1945. At the bottom of the message was a comment that pointed out that for a country to be able to get up, school should never stop.
The truth is that the Government of Buenos Aires has not yet found a solution to the demand of teachers, nor the Executive at the country level, as teachers demand a general parity (salary negotiations).
The point of contention continues to be the offer to teachers to increase their pay scale by 18 percent in four installments, with an adjustment clause based on rising prices.
Buenos Aires teachers, like many other provinces, ask to raise the sum to 35 percent to offset the country's inflation rate, which last year rose to more than 40 percent, because what they perceive, they claim, is not enough to pay for the latest increase in electricity.
The teacher conflict keeps the government in check and the march of March 6 showed the general annoyance of the sector by gathering between 50 and 70 thousand people who came out to support the teachers' struggle.
The trade unions that make up the Confederation of Education Workers continue to fight and announce public events, marches, educational forums, and days of advertisements to make the conflict even more visible.
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