Three teachers unions have declared a strike for Monday to demand complete salaries. The unions, APSE, ANDE and SEC have declared the strike for an “undefined” amount of time.
APSE indicated that its 7,000 teachers had not been paid a complete salary since February and that it had exhausted its administrative negotiating pressure. The strike comes at an uncomfortable time for the new Solis Administration. President-elect Luis Guillermo Solis will not take office until next Thursday.
APSE promised that the strike would affect all regions of the country. The high school teachers’ union SEC said that they have been pressuring Education Minister Leonardo Garnier to issue full salaries and said that the government owes them for two quarters of reduced wages.
Educators from the western sections of San Jose took to the streets, marching on Paseo Colon twice last week regarding the issue. Education Ministry spokesman Jesus Mora said Friday that Education Minister Garnier was scheduled to meet with teachers unions in the middle of Friday afternoon, although Garnier will leave the post Thursday.
The strike announcement comes on the heels of a massive Labor Day march by unions.
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