Teachers' strike for the last period of classes only starts on Wednesday

Next month, the strikes by districts will be repeated, which begin on April 17th and end on May 12th, with a national strike and demonstration being planned for June 6th and a strike at the end of the year assessments.

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The teachers' strike at the end of classes, initially scheduled to start today, only starts on Wednesday, after the Government demanded that notice be given 10 days in advance and not five working days.

The strike, called by the platform of nine union organizations against the new recruitment regime and for the recovery of all service time, was initially scheduled to start today, but the unions had to postpone the stoppage for two days «as the Ministry of Education , in his anti-democratic rage of attacking the right to strike, considered the first two days illegal», 27 and 28.

The executive claimed that the strike would have to have been "convened at least 10 days in advance, allowing for the eventual request for minimum services", explained the platform in a statement.

In addition to the strike at the last teaching period for each teacher, strikes for overtime, overwork and the non-teaching component also started on Wednesday, with no impact on students' classes.

The platform decided to file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office for what they consider to be a "manifestation of abuse of power", since they understand that there is no illegality, since the strike "does not focus on activities that the law identifies as liable to have minimum services».

Next month, the district strikes will be repeated, starting on the 17th of April and ending on the 12th of May, with a national strike and demonstration being planned for the 6th of June and a strike at the year-end assessments.

The Government approved the new teacher management and recruitment regime, which had been being negotiated between the Ministry of Education and sector unions for more than five months, without reaching an agreement.

In the diploma, measures that the teachers' representatives had classified as "red lines" remained, namely the possibility of teachers with incomplete hours teaching in two schools and the creation of pedagogical zone councils, made up of school directors, to manage the schedules.

The main claim is, however, the recovery of all the service time that was frozen (six years, six months and 23 days) that the union organizations say they do not abdicate.

On this subject, the Government presented last week some proposals with the aim of correcting asymmetries resulting from the freezing period, with effects on the career progression of the most affected teachers, but which also deserved a negative note.

In addition to recovering length of service, they demand the elimination of evaluation quotas and vacancies for access to the 5th and 7th levels of the teaching career, the alteration of the Mobility due to Sickness regime, the reduction of bureaucracy in schools, a special retirement regime and the regularization of working hours.

Currently, another strike is taking place, convened by the Union of All Education Professionals, which has lasted since December.