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  • Previous teacher strikes took place in Buenos Aires, during May.

    Previous teacher strikes took place in Buenos Aires, during May. | Photo: EFE

Published 18 August 2016

Teachers around the country are demanding the government honor agreements that would protect workers' salaries.

Teachers unions in Argentina announced a series of nationwide strikes Wednesday to protest against the decision taken by the government of President Mauricio Macri to not raise wages in line with inflation.

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The Confederation of Education Workers of Argentina, known as Ctera, called for a 24-hour national strike in different provinces.

"We decided to call for a national strike as part of a national day of protest on August 24," said Sonia Alesso, general secretary of Ctera, during a press conference on Wednesday.

According to the statement published by Ctera, the organization voted for a national plan "in the absence of solutions to educational problems."

The organizers said they are joining the strikes announced by the Union of Argentine Teachers on Tuesday, one on August 24 and the second on September 2.

National unions and the government had agreed in February to reach a 30 percent salary hike for teachers across the country, bringing the national minimum wage to US$566.

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But due to rising inflation, which currently stands at 46 percent according to figures from IPC-Congress, the leader of the union has requested the wage increase fall in line with rising living costs.

Among the demands of the teachers are government compliance with previous agreements, a continuation of funding social education programs, a rejection of higher income taxes and a rejection of any attempt to change retirement plans.

The teachers are also demanding an increase in the education budget to 10 percent of GDP, which is now currently 5.3 percent, according to the World Bank.

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