January 20, 2018
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gov't considers 'bridge payment' in bid to end teacher strike

The national government has offered to grant teachers' unions a "bridge payment" until June in order to untangle wranglings over pay rises and begin classes, in the first meeting since a mandatory conciliation was ordered.

The inclusion of two fixed payments for presenteeism was another key issue in today's debate, and government negotiators may be willing to destine that part of the budget directly to salary increases.

Despite the talks recommencing, the unions refused to back down from their rejection of a 31 percent raise previously offered by the national administration. According to CTERA leader Stella Maldonado, a 'bridge payment' until June could be an alternative to bring an end to strike action.

"There was no concrete salary offer and only the granting of a bridge payment was discussed, and then if an annual negotiation would be closed," Maldonado explained following the meeting.

"We remain firm with [the demand for] a starting wage of 5000 pesos. If the presenteeism is insisted upon, there will be no deal."

SUTEBA head Roberto Baradel expressed similar sentiments to reporters. "We demand that the national government make a concrete offer next week," the union chief fired, adding that the conflict had to come to an end in the coming week.
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