The school year began with strikes

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The school year started today with a strike all across the country, as was announced by the union CTERA.

Despite the issuance of a compulsory conciliation by the national government, teacher unions ratified the strike to protest wage negotiations, deemed as “insufficient”.

It is the Federal Capital and the provinces of Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, Misiones, Neuquén, Salta, Chubut, Corrientes, Formosa, Jujuy, La Pampa, La Rioja, Mendoza, Río Negro, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and Tucumán.

There is also uncertainty about the start of school in the provinces of San Luis and Santiago del Estero.

Amid claims of teachers, the school year 2014 began on Wednesday 26 February in Chaco, Tierra del Fuego, but in a context of conflict.

In the city of Buenos Aires, teachers grouped in UTE announced for Wednesday and Thursday a crackdown by the lack of places in public schools in the city that affected more than seven thousand students while accepting the pay offer of 29% increase.

Where the situation is more complicated to solve is in Province of Buenos Aires, as the Government confirmed an offer of 25.5% in three sections which was rejected by the unions and therefore declared a strike for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Initially, the start of classes scheduled for February 26, as had been arranged education ministers of all the provinces.

Nationally, the union of CTERA ratified the 48-hour strike, while Sadop (private), Amet (technical education) UDA and CEA accepted compulsory conciliation.

In most jurisdictions, teachers unions requested to postpone the start of the school year to March 5, after the Carnival holidays.

The change was made in the framework agreed by the Federal Council of Education with the other provinces and the Nation.

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