Government urges striking teachers to 'respect education'
The cabinet chief has sent a clear message to unionized teachers. “Discerning involves the compliance of duties as well,” Jorge Capitanich said following yesterday’s failure in salary talks in which Buenos Aires province teachers rejected a 30.9-percent wage hike, vowing to continue with a walkout that has left more than 4 million students without classes since last week.
Although he made clear the federal government “respects” negotiations taking place in each provincial jurisdiction as well as teachers’ salary expectations, the head of ministers pointed out that such demands must be “reasonable” enough to allow the beginning of the school year. “We respect negotiations (that take place) in each of the jurisdictions and the demands of teachers but we must respect basic and free education”, Capitanich stated in his daily brief to the press at the government house this morning.
For the official, it is “vital” to find an agreement through “dialogue” in order to “continue with students’ education”. Capitanich’s statements come amid the sixth day of walkout in Buenos Aires province, which has left more than four million students without classes and falted the beginning of the school year in the district commanded by Governor Scioli.
“Conditions must be created so that dialogue can set straight as it should and Argentina’s schools can have classes. Discerning involves the compliance of duties too”, Jorge Capitanich insisted.