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Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

Colombia: 350,000 teachers go on strike in demand of education budget increase

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This past Thursday teachers from all over Colombia gather around the FECODE teachers union began a national strike of educators in an indefinite manner until they come to an agreement with the government.

In past years, various teachers unions have held strikes and came to agreement with the Government regarding wage leveling, more investment in education and better working conditions.

FECODE teacher union claims that many of these agreements have not been met and that not even the minimum salary increase set for this year [2017] has been reflected on their wage, they demand better working conditions and basic benefits such as health care services, pension and better forms of contacting.

Several sectors of the Government administration have stated that teachers must reconsider their intentions of ceasing activities since they would be leaving more than eight million children in suspense and that there is not enough budget at the moment to implement an increase in education funding.

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Carlos Rivas, President of FECODE said to Caracol Radio that "If by Tuesday [May 14th] the government has not negotiated with us, we’ll carry out a national gathering on Wednesday to take decisions about what we are going to do for the rest of the week ... There are many things to do: capital takeovers, rallies in front of the governorates and the mayors offices, marches towards Bogotá..."

Teachers highlight in their public and open letter to the Education Ministry that they believe in “An education that contributes to making schools territories of peace insofar as this forms a collective and individual mentality of assuming differences as potentiality; and history as a possibility of a better world, in which conflicts are resolved by means of negotiation and agreements without the recourse to acts of violence”.

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