48-hour labour action planned for mondaySaturday, August 2, 2014
Education minister Sileoni condemns BA province teachers’ strike
Education Minister Alberto Sileoni yesterday took aim at teachers’ union that announced a strike for Monday, preventing classes from starting after the winter recess.
“Their right to protest should not prevail over the children’s rights to study,” the minister said after the unions in Buenos Aires province announced that classes will not resume as they want to discuss with Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli’s administration a wage hike.
The UDA, FEB, SUTEBA, AMET teachers’ union will go on strike for 48 hours. According to the unions, Scioli has not complied with the agreement reached in March and they also demand to discuss infrastructure problems. On Wednesday, teachers will be holding meetings to decide if they extend the strike, though Scioli’s Cabinet Chief, Alberto Pérez, said that the provincial administration will not pay for the days in which students are not in the classrooms.
“We can solve things but with children at school,” President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s minister said yesterday, trying to cool down the controversy that in March caused several headaches to the provincial and national government.
“We have to reach a consensus to bargain salaries and labour conditions,” Sileoni added, urging provincial governments and teachers’ unions to negotiate promptly.
Teachers’ unions from several provinces announced a strike for Monday, reigniting the salary negotiations sealed in March. Teachers in Salta, Jujuy, Corrientes and Chaco will also be staging protests.
In Buenos Aires City, the Ademys teachers’ union also announced that they will not go back to classes.
“We are demanding the BA City government to reopen salary negotiations,” Ademys union head Gabriel Lubo said yesterday.
— Herald staff with Télam, DyN, Online Media