June 19, 2013
Santa Cruz gov't declares teachers' strike illegal, protesters vow to appeal decision
By decree, the Santa Cruz province government ordered a 25 percent hike in teachers’ salaries, a raise that had previously been rejected by teachers’ unions, and have ever since refused to comply with a mandatory conciliation and teach classes since April 11. The government also asked the province’s state attorney to declare their strike illegal.
These new measures were announced by Governor Daniel Peralta in a message broadcast over all provincial networks, after recounting in detail the events that led to this conflict, which began on February 28th.
Teachers, however, ratified that they would continue to strike despite the government’s decision, and announced they would appeal the measure, since the allegedly have time to do so “until Thursday or Friday.”
Regarding the decision to apply a 25 percent hike on their salaries, they assured that “once again, Peralta made a unilateral decision” in the conflict.