Greek teachers appealed for international solidarity after their members were attacked by riot police along with other protesters, as they demonstrated outside a meeting of the Troika.
1st March Greek teachers appealed for international solidarity after their members were attacked by riot police along with other protesters, as they demonstrated outside a meeting of the Troika. 2,500 teachers and 10,000 other public sector workers have lost their jobs this year at the behest of the Troika, which is now demanding more sackings.
4th March Egyptian teachers have joined with doctors and other public sector workers in demanding more money for public services. Thousands of teachers are on temporary contracts and many are on zero pay regimes, where they are expected to earn their salary by taking private tuition after school.
5th March Parents in Chicago, US joined a mounting opt-out of standardised testing campaign. Teachers who supported the parents were threatened with disciplinary action and having their licence to teach revoked by the school board. However the opt out movement is growing and Chicago teachers are claiming victory.
6th March Teachers in Argentina went on a two day strike against a phased wage increase which would have seen them lagging even further behind the 55% rate of inflation. Teachers in the capital Buenos Aires are threatening an indefinite strike
7th March Teachers in Costa Rica announced a mass protest and strike on March 20th of all public sector workers against government policies, which will increase poverty. In particular the government wants to sign up to the Central American Free Trade Agreement which will impose neo-liberal privatisation policies on the country
7th March Teachers in Northern Territory, Australia are striking against education cuts, which are having a devastating effect, particularly on indigenous communities. Teachers and teaching assistants have been cut back, even though the number of pupils has increased by 17%.
7th March Teachers in British Columbia, Canada have voted overwhelmingly to take action against cuts in the province, which are having a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable children.
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