Argentina: Teachers demand salary increase in torch-lit protest

Teachers, unions and families alike participated in a 'March of the Torches' in Buenos Aires on Friday, to demand an increase in teachers' salaries at the local and national level. Protesters marched through the city holding torches and waving banners to demand a salary bump. «The only thing they offer is salary reduction, the only thing they offer is to continue making a transfer of the... Еще tuition to the private sector,» said Secretary General of the Teacher's Association of the City of Buenos Aires (Ademy). The protest comes after three rounds of negotiations between teacher's unions and the Argentinian government failed to reach an agreement. Education unions have said they will not settle for less than a desired 24 percent salary increase, where the government have offered only 12 percent. Argentinian President Mauricio Macri has introduced austerity programmes in the education sector as well as various other sectors of the country, since taking office in 2015.

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