September 21, 2014
BA teachers formally accept wage offer
Good news is 3.5 million students will be able to start the school year in Buenos Aires province on Monday 31. The 17-day salary conflict officially ended today when 92 percent of teachers’ assemblies decided to okay the wage offer introduced by the Daniel Scioli administration to unions during an emergency meeting yesterday.
Suteba Secretary General Roberto Baradel was in charge of taking the lead in today’s press conference held in the City of Buenos Aires to announce the settlement of the conflict and blast also the “lies” and “discredit” suffered by striking teachers both by “media” and “authorities.”
“They sought to confront teachers with the community. They tried to show we were intransigent, that this conflict was the result of an internal fight or had a political background,” Baradel stated. “The cause of the lies and the discredit are two things: we don’t have fear and we have no price because we are not for sale,” the union leader warned.
“We are also parents of public schools students and fortunately because of our fight and of the parents’ fight we will be able to take our kids back to school having done a little bit more to improve public schools’ conditions.”
Even touched by his own statements, Baradel outlined the details of the agreement that will take teachers’ initial salary to 5,000 pesos starting in August. Following, are the mainstays of the accordn as described by the Suteba head:
Public schools will now count with a special reparation fund that will allow each institution to deal with basic infrastructure problems and avoid the “bureaucracy” of the education system.
The government of Daniel Scioli will issue a regulation obliging each provincial municipality to abide by the Education Financing Funds Act that that this year accounts for 3.4 million-peso aid to investment in the sector – according to Roberto Baradel, certain BA province mayors “were not investing” the funds in education and this new rule will control their administration.
An agreement with the food central market and other regional food markets will be signed to guarantee supply at dinners of Buenos Aires province public schoos.
Teachers’ family allowances will be readjusted.
Next week, unions and provincial authorities will hold a meeting with the president of the IOMA teachers’ medical insurance to address the sector’s situation and create investment strategies.
Strike days will bot be deducted.
During his heated speech, Baradel was escorted by head of the pro-Kirchnerism CTA union splinter Hugo Yasky.
“It is an honour to have been part of this fight during these long and difficult days but also important days for all the working class that showed this is an union that responds to workers’ demands and fights not only for salaries.” Yasky affirmed.
117 out of 129 union assemblies voted to put an end to their protest action and allow the beginning of the school year in Beunos Aires province.