A group of Peruvian Congress members have informed the ministry of education that the pre-agreement to the resolution of the teacher’s strike is still being reviewed by the union and its base.
Congressperson Cesar Villanueva from the Alliance for Progress said the teachers' union requested more time to complete their analyses of the pre-agreement reached by government officials and strike leaders.
The final signing which would end the teacher’s strike after a month of protests was scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the Minister of Education Marilu Martens. However, per the wishes of the organizations and unions involved, the time was pushed back to 7:45 p.m., and then finally changed to Monday.
“At the request of the representatives of the teachers, in agreement with congressmen and Minedu, the meeting will be tomorrow (Monday, August 21) at 6 a.m.," confirmed the ministry via Twitter.
There is no word on the meeting or its results.
The congressional members reported that if no agreement is reached Monday, the resumption of classes would have to be postponed.
The pre-agreement outlined a salary increase for teachers to be introduced in November and December, allowing teachers to see the fruits of their labor prior to the year’s end.
Among the topics agreed upon is the increase in the minimum wage to 2,000 soles ($620) by the end of the year. This after teachers demanded an increase to 1,200 and 1,300 soles to reach 4,000 soles (US$1,233) by 2021.
Additionally, requirements regarding evaluations and benefits for the hiring and appointment of teachers would be determined by a point system as well as adherence to school principles.