Teachers in Argentina are engaged in a two day strike, demanding increased pay and improved funding for schools.

Inflation is running at 23% in the country, and teachers’ pay is not keeping pace. However they are also demanding more teaching posts, to ease the overcrowding in schools and for more money to be spent on the crumbling buildings.

The strikes took place in six of the country’s seventeen provinces and teachers’ leaders say that the strikes have often been supported by 100% of their members. There were mass rallies in many towns. Teachers say they are determined to keep fighting until their demands are met; if necessary there will be further strikes on the 11th and 12th March.

These actions are the latest in a long campaign in Argentina for proper funding for public education. Schools in the country are desperately underfunded and run down, yet as one teacher put it during the last strike: ‘The government wants to hold us accountable for the situation but it is the other way around, how can we provide core education to our students in overcrowded classrooms and earning less and less every month?’

Vulture funds and international creditors are circling around Argentina but meanwhile teachers are fighting for their main priority, the defence of public education.

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