Teachers of primary and secondary schools began a strike for 48 hours this morning in the province of Buenos Aires. They are demanding a resolution for the following issues: overdue salary payments from April 2012, new wage negotiations, and better school infrastructure.
The strike was initiated by the following major sindicates: Suteba, FEB, UDA, AMET and Sadop. They represent both public and private education in the province.
Roberto Baradel, a general secretary of Suteba, called the strike “massive” and confirmed that there will be a demonstration of teachers in front of the provincial government building tomorrow. Besides the main demands, strikers are also looking for better labour and health conditions and a special commission to track their salaries. Additionaly, they are asking for “better food services”, “regular school transport” and an “urgent response to infrastructure issues”.
Teachers of the Buenos Aires Teachers’ Union (UDOCBA) have also called a strike for Thursday and Friday of this week, asking for the raise of their basic salary from $2,900 to $3,900.
Nora de Lucía, director for culture and education in Buenos Aires province, called the demands “extreme” and “incomprehensible” and announced that “salary negotiations will not reopen in 2012”.
Baradel responded, that “if the government keeps making public statements instead of talking to us, the strike will never finish.” He continued saying that teachers’ strike is only a part of all current problems in the province, as the governor Daniel Scioli implements “cuts in social, educational and health systems.”
Hugo Blasco, general secretary of Judicial Association of Buenos Aires already announced this morning that judicial employees will also join the teachers’ strike this week.