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Scioli wants children back in class after teacher strike resolution

The governor of Buenos Aires province Daniel Scioli has revealed his desire to make up lost time in the classroom, after reaching an agreement with teachers' unions over salary raises following 17 consecutive days of strike action.

"Now is the time to recover class hours," the politician fired in interviews with Página 12 and Tiempo Argentino today, as he urged for normality to resume for students kept out of schools by the industrial wrangling.

"Whatever has happened, the most important thing is that come Monday, the children are in class."

Scioli insisted that he was happy to see teachers being rewarded for their efforts. "What more could I want as a peronist than workers being as well off as possible," he pondered, while also criticising what he dubbed the "position of extreme inflexibility" on the unions' part.

"The request of a 35 percent raise was possibly related to the [inflation] projections of December or January, but this will start to calm down with the decisions being taken at a national level," he considered.

"For me it would have been much more simple to ask the teachers on day one 'how much raise do you want' and settle it with a transfer from Provincia Bank.

"That would have meant that the money of those with savings, instead of helping small businesses and start-ups with credits, all productive sectors, would have indebted the province to cover its deficit."
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