December 22, 2014
Mariotto warns teachers strike not such a 'noble' protest action
Governor Daniel Scioli’s second-in-command has renewed his condemnation of the ongoing conflict with teachers affecting millions of students in the province of Buenos Aires. As he ratified his determination to promote a bill to control protest actions in the education sector, Gabriel Marotto considered the current strike “not such a noble” practice.
Mariotto’s project aims at declaring education an “essential service” and securing classes for students. Salary talks, the Buenos Aires province deputy governor added, “will continue” but with “children dressed in their white overalls inside the classrooms” – in Argentina’s public schools, students wear a white overall as an only distinctive piece of uniform.
Explaining that similar moves have been followed in “Perú, Ecuador, Venezuela, Italy and Spain,” Mariotto said he believed teachers’ claims were “fair” but called unionized workers to find “different” protest mechanisms."
For the Kirchnerite official, unions’ leadership “takes advantage of a situation of weakness” launching a walkout in the beginning of the school year. “Not such a noble practice,” he said and accused striking workers of “harming the right to education.”
Techers ratify strike
On Friday, the Suteba education union marched to the headquarters of the provincial government in the City of Buenos Aires to ratify their strike action, already reaching 7 days and repudiate Mariotto’s project.
"The conflict will be resolved making a decent salary offer for all education workers,” Suteba Secretary General Roberto Baradel affirmed.
On Monday, it will be 8 days since public school students in Argentina’s most populated province – the strike is affecting almost four million – have been left without classes.