October 31, 2014
BA province teachers to continue strike, say they are 'held hostage' by gov't
Amid raising tensions due to a teachers strike which has left millions of students out of schools across Buenos Aires province, the secretary of SUTEBA union María Laura Torre, came on stage today to say the strike won’t end until there is a salary proposal which satisfies the sector which she considered is being held “hostage” in this conflict.
"Unfortunately we are forced to continue the protest measures because the government has not called us over the weekend and we are awaiting a new call to solve a conflict which could be avoided in the first place,” Torre said.
She added “the government’s silence has turned into a very deep labour conflict that we believe must be solved, because we cannot be held hostage by the provincial government.”
He explained teachers rejected the 30.9 percent wage hike offer “because it will only impact on 20 percent of teachers. The rest will earn between 21 and 23 percent of the rise.”