this Thursday, the 5th of April, teachers took to the streets to
protest for better wages. The SUTEP (Syndicate of Education Workers of
Peru), one of the biggest syndicates in Peru, only joined at a regional
level. The national executive committee of the SUTEP decided the
protests would be "inconvenient" and decided to stick to negotiations
with MINEDU (ministry of education).
The teachers of the regional syndicates decided otherwise and went on with the strike in the regions of Puno and Ancash.
Puno they started street blockades on the major highways connecting
different towns, which disrupted transit heavily, forcing drivers to
take detours. When police forces started clearing the streets, the
teachers moved on to block other streets on an attempt to block transit
inside the city. Another disruption, which made itself felt was the
closing of many schools of these regions, which remained unattended
during the whole of the protest.
many cities of Ancash thousands of teachers took to the main streets to
take part in the 24-hour strike in which they denounced the MINEDU.
demonstrating teachers did so, taking the risk of losing money and job
by joining the strike. The Peruvian state threatened to discount money
from each protesting teacher's salary and to take even stronger measures
in case of mobilizing their students. All these teachers were not
stopped by these threats, for their labor conditions are bad, their
wages by all means are NOT enough and their cause is a JUST one.
the protests were only partial, it was a good sign and a good
preparation for a coming national teacher's strike. Many teachers formed
meetings right after the protests, showing that they want to struggle
and not wait for the SUTEP to negotiate with their oppressors. What
they now need is to turn this spark into a flame and use this victory to
lead new fights and new victories