Brasil: teachers’ strike

Brasil1Tens of thousands of teachers from Brazil’s network of state schools are back on the streets of Sao Paulo to demand better pay and conditions.
Marching through the city center, organizers said as many as 60,000 school staff had come to voice their concern over stalled negotiations with the government.
After first walking out on March 16, the teachers again voted to prolong their strike – in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on the local authorities.
Brasil2As well as calling for the number of students in one class to be reduced, teachers here are demanding a 75 percent pay rise – a price they say the government can afford and that would bring their pay in line with other highly-skilled workers.