November 23, 2014
BA province teachers dismiss conciliation order, ratify strike
Buenos Aires province education unions have said they will stick to their action plan defying the provincial Labour Ministry’s conciliation order to stop the protest while salary negotiations continue.
The ATE, UPCN and Fegeppba education unions ratified their decision to continue with the walkout today, dismissing the mandatory conciliation issued by the Buenos Aires province Labour Ministry with protest leaders saying teachers were “frustrated.”
“We expected a better (salary) offer but officials proposed a hike to be arranged in three payments, clearly showing their lack of interest in workers’ situartion,” Fegeppba said in a statement while ATE Secretary General Oscar de Isasi explained unions are demanding a “labour proposal that suits people’s needs and social policies that truly help improve the life condition of those who have less.”
Labour Minister of the Daniel Scioli BA province administration Oscar Cuartango affirmed that the madatory conciliation is a legal “resource,” ready to be set amid a salary conflict. “This measure does not turn the state neither into an arbitrator nor into a judge; it simply forces the parties involved to set a 15-day stand by,” he explained in statements to media today.
“Unions must refrain from the action measure and the government from sanctioning them, it is a truce,” Cuartango added.
Teachers’ walkout in the province of Buenos Aires began on Tuesday following the salary talks in which provincial officials offered a 24-percent hike to be paid in March (14 percent), in August (5 percent) and in November (5 percent).
In the meantime, federal government Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich has urged the CTERA education union which continues with its protest action to comply with the mandatory conciliation issued by the national Labour Ministry, with four out of the five national education unions already calling off the strike yesterday and vowing to return to classes.