March 8, 2014
Gov't ratifies dialogue position for teachers' wage talks
Amid high expectations over this afternoon’s salary talks with unionized teachers, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich reaffirmed the government’s “dialogue” position saying authorities will attend the meeting with “the best of expectations.” Just like he had already said earlier in the week, Capitanich still warned “the national state is not the employer of public workers.”
Addressing reporters at the Casa Rosada presidential palace, the head of ministers responded to the criticism that sparked on Thursday when he said that the federal government could close the collective bargaining process “unilaterally.”
“I just described the course of action. One possibility is the agreement; the other possibility is a unilateral decision by the executive power,” the official insisted and added that all recent wage negotiations have been set by a “unilateral” decision of the national administration, something education unions resist threatening to suspend the beginning of classes in the province of Buenos Aires.
According to Capitanich, “the national state is not public workers’ employers.” “Those who have a direct relation with public workers are provincial jurisdictions. The national state only sets the initial salary which is not the same in each of the provinces,” the cabinet chief affirmed.