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Teachers unions say strike has 98% adhesion

98% of teachers in Buenos Aires province have embraced the 48hr strike.
98% of teachers in Buenos Aires province have embraced the 48hr strike.
98% of teachers in Buenos Aires province have embraced the 48hr strike.

According to a survey by the Buenos Aires Teachers Federation (FEB), 98 percent of teachers in Buenos Aires province have embraced the 48hr strike that started today.

This means that over 3.5 million students, both in private and public schools, have been affected by the strike, which was organized to claim for better salaries and working conditions.

“We are here to demand a 2015 budget that gives answers to workers. We claim for a fiscal reform that aids the state to face its obligation. Today, the state is running at full capacity,” head of SUTEBA, Sergio Baradel, told reporters today.

Mirta Petrocini, the director of FEB, backed Baradel’s statements and added that a re-opening of wage talks or an end-of-year bond should be paid to teachers, in order to fight inflation rates, which have “destroyed teacher’s purchasing power.”

Meanwhile ANSES executive director Diego Bossio, who has aspirations to run for Buenos Aires governor next year, said the strike should be a “last measure”, and said unions should “reconsider such actions”.

Buenos Aires government had offered FEB to open wage talks in January 2015, but the proposition was rejected.

With this strike, students in Buenos Aires province have had 21 days off their schedule due to union measures.

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