Monthly Archives: August 2014

Teachers in Norway still on strike

UNITE_NorwayThe teachers in Norway are on strike since August 11th, 2014 in Norway, after the collapse of negotiations between the government and the teachers’ union.
Teachers keep resisting government efforts to increase the working hours to 7.5 hours per day and 37.5 hours per week.
The increase of  teachers’ working hours is another attempt of capitalist countries to overturn the   labor rights.
The media talk about  lost teaching hours during the  strike of teachers while leaving untouched by comments  the government of the country.

FISE expresses its solidarity with the teachers of South Darfur

Darfur_mapTeachers in South Darfur, in Kass, in Buram and in Rahad el Berdhi keep on with their strike for the forth week in a row. A strike which started after the invitation of the Democratic Teachers’ Association of South Darfur, demanding the payment of their salaries, as well as of their arrears.
The government of South Darfur denies to answer to the demands of the strikers teachers, while representatives of the Democratic Teachers’ Association refer to “indifference about issues that concern education and teachers”.
FISE expresses its solidarity with the strikers teachers of South Darfur and it supports their fair struggle and their demands.
We condemn the unacceptable attitude of the government of South Darfur, which drives teachers to poverty and misery and we invite the teachers’ unions and organizations to support in a practical way our colleagues who are on strike.
THE SECRETARY

News about education in India, Jordan, Ghana

HaryanaIndia, Haryana: Over 300 teachers of aided schools courted arrest after they held up traffic at Housing Board Chowk on the Panchkula-Chandigarh road for over four hours on Saturday. The teachers have been demanding assimilation into government schools after the government made a promise in this regard. The protesters were released later.

Chief minister had announced that teachers from aided schools will be assimilated into government schools at a rally at Gohana in the run up to Lok Sabha elections but nothing has been done in this regard.

Around 2pm, protesters began a march towards Chandigarh but were not allowed to go beyond the Panchkula-Chandigarh border. Talks between Haryana government representatives and a delegation of five protesters held on Saturday also failed, following which the teachers were arrested. To date, nothing has been done. The teachers will continue to protest until their demands are met. There is a cabinet meeting on August 12 and if their demands are not met they will start hunger strike, as the president of teachers’ association said.

JordanJordan: Public school teachers will go on strike from August 17, the first day in the new academic year, to press a set of demands, including a job allowance and better pension and healthcare benefits, according to Jordan Teachers Association (JTA) president. JTA will not compromise on teachers’ rights and fair demands, accusing the government of “reluctance and procrastination” in addressing those demands. The teachers will press ahead with the strike if the government does not budge.
 GhanaGhana: The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana says it has nothing to say if government decides to freeze salaries of striking POTAG members. The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana began an indefinite nationwide strike in May this year to protest government’s unwillingness to pay their book and research allowance for the 2013/2014 academic year.What the teachers do go beyond teaching and conducting examinations. In total, each polytechnic teacher renders 21 services including supervising the dissertation of students, he claimed, and cautioned against classifying some more important than others.

News about education in South Darfur and Uruguay

 

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Uruguayan teachers go on 24-hour strike  MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Teachers in this South American country are going on a 24-hour strike to protest a wave of physical attacks on educators by students’ mothers and fathers.The local teachers union called the work stoppage on Wednesday to draw attention to six attacks since the current school year began in March in the capital Montevideo and other cities. In the most recent attack, a woman punched a school director in the face on Tuesday for having called a doctor to examine her son for behavioural problems.

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South Darfur teachers’ strike enters fourth dayThe strike by teachers and staff of the Ministry of Education in 12 South Darfur localities has entered its fourth day, is 100% successful but there are not any signs indicating that the problems will be resolved. The work stoppage will continue until a comprehensive solution is reached.  The teachers protest against the non-payment of their financial entitlements accumulated since 2007.

 

Argentinian teachers on 48 hour strike

Arg2 Teachers in Argentina began their 48 hour strike on Monday. It is a nationwide protest that includes teachers  from five provinces in order to draw the attention of government to the crisis in education. The salaries are not keeping up with the rampant inflation and schools infrastructure is significantly deteriorating. Two months ago the teachers held a demonstration to demand better conditions in schools, because some of them lack basic conditions, like water supply. The police then savagely beat the teachers and arrested the union leader.

Argentina: 48-hour strike

Solidarity message                                                                         8/8/2014

Fellow teachers of  Argentina.
The secretariat of FISE is following  the developments in your country and salutes you.
We hope  for  a successful 48-hour strike that you have decided .The class teacher unions who agree with the line of FISE and the World Federation of Trade Unions must fight hard  these days thus the people stop  paying the burden  of this capitalist crisis.

The crisis was created by the  monopolies, multinational companies and  capitalist profitability. They will have to pay.
Comrades we must not kneel, must not stoop our  head. Instead we must strengthen the struggles for the  teachers’ rights , the students’ rights and the entire working class rights .
We also must strengthen the international solidarity and the organization of our unions.

Keep your strugles dynamic

With combative  salute.
The Secretariat.