May 22, 2013
'Some teachers would strike even if they earned 10,000 pesos,' Sileoni
Education Minister Alberto Sileoni assured that “some teachers would strike even if they were earning 10,000 pesos a month,” as BA province teachers failed to reach a deal leaving classes on hold for thousands of children.
“Our differences with teachers are not based on numbers. But seeing things this way is to be short-lived,” he said while addressing reporters.
Sileoni urged teacher unions “to start thinking differently, because wage talks cannot begin with a 72 hour strike. Let us discuss wages, but let children attend classes” and also stressed that the national collective bargaining of over.
The Education Minister recalled that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner began her speech before the Legislative Assembly stating “she greatly appreciates teachers,” but that she has the moral authority to make criticisms because Argentina has allotted 6.47 percent of the GDP to education since 2003.”