CNTE: The strike isn’t over
There will not be a return to classes, protests continue
CNTE protest with parents and social organizations in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.
Teachers of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) agreed this Friday night to continue with the teachers’ movement and not return to classes on Monday, September 12, because there are no guarantees that the 11 agreements the federal government offered will be respected.
After holding a State Assembly all afternoon in which representatives of the 800 union delegations in the 24 regions of the state of Chiapas participated, teachers of Section 7 of the SNTE agreed not to end the strike and that the protests will continue this Saturday with a large march and occupation of government offices in Tuxtla.
They pointed out in their resolution that the consultation process with rank and file teachers continues, but that the results that emanate from them are postponed.
They also proposed: “to immediately demand the opening of negotiations with the federal government with the presence of the state government so that it complies with the offers it outlined and with the presence of social organizations that support the teachers’ movement.”
The teachers had already obtained 11 agreements that launched the consultation with rank and file teachers that make up Section 7 of the SNTE, some 57,000 teachers. These political agreements outlined that the education reform would not be applied during the rest of this presidential term, paying back wages, 150 million pesos for school infrastructure, unblocking bank accounts of the Section’s executive committee, eliminating arrest warrants, as well as some other agreements that the federal government now publicly denies having offered to end the labour strike.
The teachers made a call to the rank and file to gather in Tuxtla and march this Saturday and take over government offices like the state Government Palace, the Federal Palace, the Municipal Palace and the state Treasury offices.
The next state assembly where all the leaders of the Chiapas teachers’ movement will be together is foreseen for next Monday, September 12 starting at noon in the Che Guevara Auditorium of Section 7 of the SNTE.
Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo
Friday, September 9, 2016
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee