Solidarity message with Students, teachers who protest against budget cuts in Argentina

9/20/2018

Solidarity message with Students, teachers who protest against budget cuts in Argentina

The World Federation of Teachers Unions FISE, member of WFTU, salutes the actions of pupils and students and workers in Argentina, who protest with the moto “public education is in danger”.

FISE supports the requests for
-dignified wages for the educating personnel
-dignified budget for the universities

It supports the actions taken for the struggle against
-the law-plan UNICABA, which is being promoted by the government of Marci,
-the IMF and
-the persecution of struggling teachers.

The struggles of workers and students in Argentina matter to the whole working class. It is a class struggle against the IMF, against the capital and the governments, who obey its commands.

We are by your side!

Best of luck to your struggle!

THE SECRETARIAT

Condolence

 

National Union of Teachers in Somalia NUTS are sending condolence to the family who lost their daughter yesterday in Mogadishu,Somalia.When a soldier tried to stop the school bus at a gun point and deliberately fired a school bus while other nine young student got injured. We are also sending the same painfull condolence to the school teachers and students of HOYGA HAMAR School. We can’t accept any more like this brutal killing and we wait from the government to take quick reaction about every day killing the teachers and their students.

Best regards,

Abdisalan,

NUTS President.

FNE – national march of protest in Rabat, Sunday October 7 2018

The National Federation of Education (FNE) – Democracy trend calls for a national march of protest in Rabat on Sunday, October 7, 2018 10 am from the Ministry of Education in Parliament on the occasion of the International Teachers’ Day ( 5 October) and to protest against the deterioration of education in Morocco, and against the working conditions of education workers and because of austerity policies and adulterated dialogues Continue reading

The FISE Meeting for teachers in Asia marks a new phase for the Asian movement

The conclusion of the FISE Meeting for teachers which took place in Sri Lanka marks the start of a new phase for the class-oriented teachers’ trade union movement in the Asia continent.

The meeting took place on September 14th, 2018, with the presence of the WFTU General Secretary and two FISE vice-presidents, under the theme “The Resolutions of the FISE Congress that took place with great success in Mexico and the priorities for the trade unions in education”.

During the meeting, 35 elected delegates from Asia discussed the challenges that are faced by the teachers in the region and the role of the class trade union in the implementation of the Mexico resolutions in the Asian continent.

Concluding their meeting, in a decisive spirit, the delegates determined specific activities during the next year under 4 axis:

– Trade unions rights and freedoms for the teachers

– Free and public school education for everybody – fight against illiteracy

-The role of the militant teachers for a democratic, scientific and quality education system.

-Social security, dignified working conditions and salaries for the teachers.

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Teaching in America

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‘I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America

Hope Brown sits in a classroom at Woodford County High School in Versailles, KY on August 31, 2018. Brown works full time as a teacher, and has also taken on part time jobs as well as selling her plasma to pay the bills.

Hope Brown can make $60 donating plasma from her blood cells twice in one week, and a little more if she sells some of her clothes at a consignment store. It’s usually just enough to cover an electric bill or a car payment. This financial juggling is now a part of her everyday life—something she never expected almost two decades ago when she earned a master’s degree in secondary education and became a high school history teacher. Brown often works from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her school in Versailles, Ky., then goes to a second job manning the metal detectors and wrangling rowdy guests at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. With her husband, she also runs a historical tour company for extra money.

“I truly love teaching,” says the 52-year-old. “But we are not paid for the work that we do.”

That has become the rallying cry of many of America’s public-school teachers, who have staged walkouts and marches on six state capitols this year. From Arizona to Oklahoma, in states blue, red and purple, teachers have risen up to demand increases in salaries, benefits and funding for public education. Their outrage has struck a chord, reviving a national debate over the role and value of teachers and the future of public education.

For many teachers, this year’s uprising is decades in the making. The country’s roughly 3.2 million full-time public-school teachers (kindergarten through high school) are experiencing some of the worst wage stagnation of any profession, earning less on average, in inflation-­adjusted dollars, than they did in 1990, according to Department of Education (DOE) data.

Meanwhile, the pay gap between teachers and other comparably educated professionals is now the largest on record. In 1994, public-school teachers in the U.S. earned 1.8% less per week than comparable workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a left-leaning think tank. By last year, they made 18.7% less. The situation is particularly grim in states such as Oklahoma, where teachers’ inflation-adjusted salaries actually decreased by about $8,000 in the last decade, to an average of $45,245 in 2016, according to DOE data. In Arizona, teachers’ average inflation-adjusted annual wages are down $5,000. Continue reading