November 22, 2014
Wage talks with teachers fail, gov't to issue mandatory conciliation
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich, Labour Minister Carlos Tomada and Education Minister Alberto Sileoni held a press conference to confirm negotiations with unionized teachers have failed. “It is necessary that education workers recognize the efforts made since 2003 to guarantee inclusion in education,” Capitanich said.
The head of ministers explained the federal government offered a 22-percent-hike with negotiations set to last till June next year, reaching an overall increase of “almost 31 percent” and a 1,000-peso-plus for June 2014, December 2014 and June 2015.
“The state sets a minimum verge, a minimum salary to guarantee workers have a (salary) reference,” Jorge Capitanich insisted and pointed out that the salary conflict involves only “2 percent” of Argentina’s education workers in “8 of the 24” provincial jurisdictions.
Although he praised the pro-dialogue position of the CTERA, UDA, AMET, CEA and Sadop unions, the cabinet chief called for the recognition of the “significant efforts” made by the Kirchnerite administration since 2003 to guarantee a quality education for all public students.
“9 percent of the GDP is the investment in education, plus the PROGRESAR (cash transfer made to 18-24 years olds to complete school), plus the distribution of netbooks (for students), represent an extraordinary effort the people of Argentina must acknowledged,” Capitanich stated and added that the Labour Ministry is now expected to dictate the mandatory conciliation to stop a 48-hour-strike that has been announced for tomorrow, jeopardizing the beginning of classes.