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Peru teachers’ union reject government proposal, extend strike

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Sutep – Peru’s public teachers’ union – has announced it plans to continue with its strike, and expand protests to other regions of the country.

According to Sutep secretary general Rene Ramirez, the union recently held a general assembly and debated proposals that had been presented by the Ministry of Education, El Comercio reported. Sutep, Ramirez said, considered the ministry’s proposal to be “insufficient”.

The public teachers’ union went on an indefinite strike on September 5, over wage and budget disputes with the government.

According to El Comercio, Sutep teachers are asking for a 30 percent salary payment for class preparation at the beginning of the school year, and an increase to the ministry of education’s budget to 6 percent of the country’s GDP, up from the current 3.3 percent.

The teachers union, Ramirez said, will escalate the strike on Wednesday, with protests in Lima and other major cities across the country.

Last Thursday striking >teachers and doctors marched through the streets of downtown Lima, causing chaos for motorists and commuters.

Sutep – Peru’s public teachers’ union – has announced it plans to continue with its strike, and expand it to other regions of the country.

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