December 20, 2014
Teachers go on strike in BA City, provinces
Teachers in Buenos Aires City and several provinces joined their colleagues from Buenos Aires province and announced they will not resume classes tomorrow, after the winter break, demanding for the reopening of wage negotiations.
The National Teachers Federation (FND), under Pablo Micheli’s Argentine Workers Union (CTA), along with dissident factions of SUTEBA teachers’ union, Ademys union and local teachers unions in Chaco, Formosa, Salta, Misiones, Santa Fe and Neuquén announced a walk-out and a protest in Buenos Aires City for tomorrow.
The strike was decided after the annual wage negotiations were closed in April. Teachers demand a raise, arguing that the increase agreed has become obsolete by high and unexpected inflation.
The leader of Buenos Aires province Teacher’s Union (UDOCBA) Miguel Díaz urged the government to approve a raise and said the labour conflict will continue throughout the week because salaries are “too low”.
“We will go on a 48-hour strike and on Wednesday we will have an assembly because we have little hope of an answer from the government. That is why the protest will grow stronger, the salaries are too low: 70% of teachers earn between 5,000 and 6,000 pesos,” Díaz said.
TEACHERS IN BA CITY
In Buenos Aires City, where classes where supposed to resume tomorrow after the winter holidays, teachers unionized in Ademys will go on a 24-hour strike and join dissident CTERA union workers in a rally from the Congress to Plaza de Mayo square at noon.