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President of Brazil to address strike issue in meeting with rectors

Brasilia, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will discuss with rectors of universities and federal institutes of Higher Education in Brazil the current strike of professors and civil servants, as well as budgetary issues.

According to the Brasil de Fato website, the strike began in mid-April and became intense when the Government signed an agreement with the Federation of Teachers’ Unions of Federal Institutions of Higher Education and Basic Technical and Technological Education (PROIFES).

The agreement details what the Ministry of Education defines as “restructuring in the progression between the different career levels”, which would guarantee a salary increase for early career professionals.

For the National Union of Teachers of Higher Education Institutions (ANDES), however, the valorization would occur “at the expense of further destructuring”, since there would be a reduction in the number of degrees that the career currently has, going from 13 to 10.

In a statement released on May 28th, the National Union of Federal Servants of Basic, Professional and Technological Education (SINASEFE) stressed that “the strike has not ended.”

Leaders of ANDES and SINASEFE refused to leave the Ministry of Management and Innovation building on the Esplanade of the Ministries in the capital until a new negotiation meeting was scheduled.

The Ministry of Education reaffirmed in a statement that it is “always open to dialogue, frank and respectful, for the appreciation of servants.”