Teachers march again as strike continues

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 June 2017

On Tuesday 6th June 60,000 teachers once again marched through the centre of the Colombian capital, Bogotá. They have now been on strike for nearly a month, calling on the government to increase investment in state schools, improve teacher pay and medical care, and ensure public education is accessible across the country.

Joined by students, trade unionists from the telecommunications company ETB, and judicial workers, this is the fourth time in the last month workers have taken to the streets to express their anger at the failures of the Santos administration.

Whilst attempts have been made to reach a negotiation, the president of the teachers union FECODE, Carlos Rivas, denounced the government's failure to invest in the public sector: "President Santos promised to increase resources and the answer is that there's no money".

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