Brothers and Sisters,
The deliberations of the 2nd Congress of PASEY-PEO were concluded successfully.
On behalf of the delegates and members of PASEY-PEO we would like to express our gratitude for the solidarity message you have sent and which was read out during the deliberations of the Congress.
We believe that in today’s conditions solidarity and the coordination of working people’s actions is imperative and constitutes a weapon in the hands of the working class in its daily struggles.
The General Council of PASEY-PEO
Chilean Teachers on Strike over Bachelet’s Education Reform.
Nearly 50,000 teachers of public schools in Chile are on strike for over 10 days, requiring a number of benefits to be included in the educational reform of the President Michelle Bachelet.
The basic demands of teachers are:
The permanence of all teachers, raise of the minimum wage, guarantee of adequate pension το those who are forced to retire etc.
FISE follows with interest all the mobilizations of teachers unions. Supports the struggles for a better education that will improve the lives of the working class as a whole.
TO: THE SECRETARIAT OF THE PANCYPRIAN UNION OF WORKERS ON SERVICES PA.S.E.Y.- P.E.O
For the 2nd Pancyprian Conference of the employees on Public Services.
25/11/2014 Nicosia, Cyprus
On behalf of the Central Secretariat of the World Education Federation , we wish to all of you who are present here, to teachers and employees of Cyprus, success in the work of your conference and our unions to become stronger, more decisive for the interest of all of us.
Education is following the consequences of the World capitalist crisis. Day after day the EU, International organizations, NGOs, the reformist unions are working feverishly to adapt education from early childhood to the university -the teachers-the curriculum to the modern needs of the capitalist economy ,capitalist market but also to the theory of strengthening capitalism against the need of our unions to fight for labor, social and educational rights of the working class and the popular strata. Continue reading
A whole region of France was massively on strike against the austerity measures on November 20th of 2014. The whole educational system of the most poor part of France organised a strike against the recent austerity measures of the social democratic government.
The strike was organised in Seine-Saint-Denis, which is an administratively divised part of France, north of Paris and is inhabited by 1.5 people. That region hosts the largest percentage of immigrants and Muslims of the country.
The educational system of the region is facing serious problems, like under-financed schools, underpaid work, teachers without former professional experience, overcrowded classrooms. Many families live in extreme poverty, some of them sleep in their cars instead of homes and the teachers face difficulties keeping the students in the classroom.
The students, the families and the teachers of the area, which hosted spectacular rebellions of the youth in 2005 demand from the government an action plan to face the crisis of the educational system of their region.
As Turkey celebrates Teachers’ Day with numerous events, the country continues to lag behind member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), with teachers in the European Union receiving between $40,000 and $75,000 annually while a Turkish teacher makes between $15,000 and $18,000 a year.
Teachers’ Day in Turkey is celebrated on Nov. 24, which marks the day when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, was declared the nation’s head teacher (Başöğretmen) 84 years ago. Yet, this year, teachers’ celebrations are bittersweet as they have been victims of discrimination caused by the policies of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Ministry of Education. Continue reading
European Union promotes the unpaid labor.
FISE denounces the efforts of french and greek governments that are trying by unpaid work to solve the problems of shortages of teachers from schools in their countries. These efforts are based on EU directives and it is certain that if not reversed, will soon be applied to other countries.
Food coupons are proposed by the French government as solution for new teachers of primary schools in the Paris region, which have not been paid since the beginning of the year.
Specifically, newly appointed teachers in primary schools in the center, suburbs and outskirts of Paris work without being paid in the last 11 months. Furthermore, because of recent changes in the country’s education system, teachers who attend seminars and training programs in order to monitor the developments, are obliged to pay from their own pockets. The French bourgeois state, in other words “rockets” the concept of unpaid labor, practically forcing employees to “pay in order to work.” Continue reading
Students are carrying out more actions across Mexico; National Popular Assembly to meet on November 2 to plan future course.
The Inter-University Assembly has called Saturday a national student strike for November 5 to demand the return of the 43 Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College Students that went missing one month ago in Iguala, Guerrero. More than 80 schools in Mexico City and in other states joined the call. Continue reading