May 18, 2013
BA province gov't summons teachers for Tuesday meeting
Teachers’ unions are still demanding a basic salary of $3,100 pesos, but so far the Buenos Aires province government has offered $2,860 pesos.
Since conversations stalled, teachers have already called a 72-hour strike in the first week of the school year, and another 48-hour strike last week.
The Buenos Aires Teachers’ Union (UDOCBA), which is asking for basic salary of $3,900 pesos, has ratified a 48-hour strike schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
The union’s secretary general Miguel Díaz said the protest remains in place due to the “surprising delays in coming up with a new salary offer and the stalling of collective bargaining talks.”
Córdoba, Santa Fe and the Buenos Aires metropolitan area are also dealing with a similar conflict.
In every case, all measures have been placed on hold while unions await to see if negotiations move forward, especially in Córdoba, where the Government has ordered mandatory conciliation until March 21st.
On a national level, teachers are asking for a salary floor of $3,000, while the Government suggested a 19.7% increase, which would take the salary floor to $2,800 pesos.