October 23, 2014
Teachers’ unions under the spotlight
Five teachers’ unions are legally eligible to negotiate salaries with the federal government. Two of them are confederations of unions from across Argentina and correspondingly they on occasion have internal disputes. The three remaining unions have branches throughout Argentina. It is important to note that teachers are a heterogenous group and participation in any strike is hardly ever uniform.
Confederation of Education Workers of the Argentine Republic (CTERA) — Led by Stella Maldonado and member of the CTA umbrella union led by Hugo Yasky, it has some 352,000 members. The CTERA ratified its decision to go on strike for a period of 48 hours starting today. As a confederation of various unions, CTERA is the largest of the teachers’ unions and has representation in 23 provinces and the City of Buenos Aires.
Technical Education Teacher’s Association (AMET) — Specializes in technical education in secondary schools, the AMET has branches throughout the country. AMET claims appoximately 26,000 members.
Argentine Educators’ Confederation (CEA) — A member of the pro-government CGT umbrella union led by Antonio Caló, the CEA is a confederation of unions with a total of 16 member organizations and has representation in 11 provinces. The union has agreed to participate in a 72-hour strike. The provincial Federation of Buenos Aires Educators (FEB) is part of CEA.
Union of Argentine Teachers (UDA) — The UDA has 50,000 members, but is a single entity with 18 branches throughout the country led by secretary-general Sergio Romero. It is also part of the pro-government CGT led by Antonio Caló and has promised to observe the strike for a period of 72 hours to demonstrate its rejection of the government’s offer, considering the wage increase insufficient and the absenteeism clauses “extorsive.”
Argentine Union of Private School Teachers (SADOP) — The only national-level union for teachers working in private schools, SADOP has also voted to observe a 72-hour strike starting today along with other teachers’ unions associated with the CGT.