Gov't, national education unions to resume wage talks on April 1
With Buenos Aires province public teachers continuing their strike action “indefinitely,” the federal government met today with national education unions in a new round of talks to set the salary floor for the sector’s workers. However, negotiations have been rescheduled for Tuesday 1.
Collective bargaining negotiations with the Ctera, Sadop, Amet, Uda and Cea union had been suspended in early March when national unions rejected the 22-percent hike offer that involved a three-time payment (12 percent in May; 5 percent in August and 5 percent in November), a 9-percent plus in 2005 and a perfect attendance bonus of 3,000 pesos to be paid also in three times, from June this year to June next year.
This new round of talks at a national level comes amid heightening tensions in the province of Buenos Aires commanded by Governor Daniel Scioli where a teachers’ walkout has reached day 16 with negotiations at a standstill and almost 3.5 million students without classes.
The Ctera federal education union yesterday indeed allied to support BA province teachers’ salary struggle calling for “decent salaries” and demanding authorities to “defend public education.”