The teacher’s union of Cusco has mobilized their regional bases of 6 other departments to meet in Lima today.
Nearly 50 days into an indefinite strike, the teacher’s union of Cuzco organized a national assembly that is scheduled to take place today.
So far, negotiations have failed between President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s incumbent government and the Teacher’s Union of Peru (SUTEP).
What began with protests over the canceled contract of an international airport evolved into a 20,000 strong teacher’s strike across 11 other Peruvian regions.
SUTEP’s Cusco outlet has mobilized regional bases of 6 other departments to meet in Lima today. Representatives from Piura, Lambayeque, Cerro de Pasco, Cajamarca, Arequipa, and Apurimac will be present.
“The agenda [will include] improving coordination between regional unions, new radicalization measures of the indefinite strike, the questioning of Minister Martens and the vacancy of President Kuczynski,” said Ernesto Meza Tica, leader of the Cusco’s union, as reported by El Comercio.
Based on his words, it does not appear that the situation is close to resolution. The disruption caused by the strike has been the subject of heavy criticism from both the government and those who work in Cusco’s tourism industry.
Telesur English writes that while the national SUTEP agency was willing to settle for a teacher salary of US$600, regional bases of the union are demanding increases of up to US$1200 and refusing to come to terms.
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