Venezuelan public teachers will protest salary increase


CARACAS (Sputnik) – Venezuelan public education teachers will demonstrate on December 5 to demand improvements in their salaries from the government, the board member of the educators union, Fanny Aguilar, told Sputnik.

"Tomorrow we will be in front of the Pedagogical (Institute) of Caracas (west) making the protest and for our demands again, because we continue in the same conditions and have not given us an answer," Aguilar said.

The union representative indicated that they also evaluate going to a stoppage of school activities in early January 2020.
"We are reviewing, to begin the month of January with a more forceful protest situation, such as the call for a longer strike or a strike, for the situation that was never improved or responded to our demands," he said.
Between October and November, teachers performed three stoppages of 24, 48 and 72 hours.

The teachers and professors they demand a salary equivalent to 600 dollars, While his current salary of 300,000 bolivars equals $ 7.9, according to the official rate of 38,400 bolivars per dollar.

On October 14, the Government of Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage by 150,000 bolivars per month ($ 4), and set the value of the food bonus to another 150,000 bolivars for an integral salary of 300,000 bolivars.

This is the third increase made by the Government so far in 2019, the other two were set in January and April.
On November 12, Maduro said that opposition sectors have "wanted to sabotage education but failed."

The government says it faces an "economic war" that was exacerbated by the sanctions imposed by the United States.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated on October 15 that the Venezuelan economy will contract 35% this year and inflation will be 200,000%.

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