March 10, 2014
Teachers intensify strike threats as gov't considers salary increase decree
A decree by the federal government to set teachers’ salary increase would be detrimental for the collective bargaining process jeopardizing the beginning of classes in the province of Buenos Aires, the head of the SUTEBA education union Roberto Baradel warned.
“A raise by decree would be an awkward mistake. It would delegitimize collective bargaining talks, it would be senseless,” Baradel complaint in an interview he granted to a radio station this morning as he warned teachers could be back to the streets if their demands are not met –last year, a salary protest in the province of Buenos Aires left 4.5 million students without classes for more than three weeks.
“Wage talks serve to reach an agreement, not to set unilateral salaries. If this happens we will surely take measures because we will not allow a policy that took as too long to get to be distorted,” the SUTEBA secretary general said and explained that unions will be demanding for a "revision clause" in the salary agreement.
“Our goal is to not lose salaries’ purchasing power, the government should find the mechanisms that stops some sectors of the economy from speculating,” Baradel affirmed ahead of the wage negotiations that will start this afternoon at the headquarters of the national education ministry.