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Uruguayan Teachers Follow Colombia in Strike for Better Working Conditions

  • Schools close down during a 24-hour nationwide strike in Uruguay.

    Schools close down during a 24-hour nationwide strike in Uruguay. | Photo: AP

Published 13 June 2017

One day nationwide school shutdown as calls grow for education improvements.

Teachers strikes are spreading across Latin America as educators in Uruguay stage a 24-hour protest to demand better working conditions.

Colombia Teachers Strike Hits 1 Month, Protests Set to Continue

Teaching unions as well as staff from primary and secondary schools are joining forces to petition for a bigger budget.

Similar action has been taking place in Colombia for the past month, as teachers there call for higher wages and increased funding.

Uruguayan unions want the government to allocate 6 percent of the minimum Gross Domestic Product to the National Administration of Public Education, ANEP, and the Universidad of the Republic, UDELAR.

In addition, they're demanding an extra 1 percent for research development, the regularization of auxiliary services and better security in the workplace.

Colombian Teachers Continue Strike After More Than One Month

Secondary schools would also like to see salary increases spread across the board for all teaching-related services as well as building maintenance.

One of the teachers taking part, Counselor Laura Mota, said she regretted canceling classes, but believes the action is necessary for the future of education in the country.

Strike leaders' plan to resume marches on Wednesday while the Federation of University Students is calling to for a rally on Thursday night.

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