March 7, 2014
Gov't offers 22% salary rise to teachers
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich revealed in a press conference that the Government offered teachers unions a 22 percent salary rise during today’s bargain negotiations. The offer included a “perfect attendance” plus that could raise the increment to reach 26.8% if respected.
The increment was to be accomplished in three stages. First, a 12% rise to be paid in March, then a 5% rise in August and another 5% in November.
Together with these increments, the Government proposed a 2,000 pesos rise to be paid half in June and half in December to every teacher who can demonstrate perfect attendance.
“Our Government is one of the world’s top investors as regards public education, but we also feel that the quality of education must be addressed. In order to treat this issue, we feel that an incentive in teacher attendance is important,” Capitanich said during the press conference held in Government’s House.
Basic teachers wage would reach 4,333 pesos in December 2014 with the perfect attendance plus, without the plus it would be 4,117 pesos. Today, the basic wage is 3,416 pesos.
“Teachers unions claimed 61% and 35% salary increments. This is impossible,” said the Cabinet Chief, and added that the Government “hopes to near positions with the unions and close a deal next Monday or Tuesday”.
Capitanich recalled that the Government is “not an employer” and that this agreement is “just a starting point for federal jurisdictions to determine teacher’s salaries”.