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La Jornada – CNTE teachers storm the door of the SEP after marching for basification and salary increases

Mexico City. Members of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) held a march to demand the basicization of teachers and salary increases.

The demonstration escalated after noon when a group of teachers protesting closed the door of the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Education, in República de Brasil Street.

They managed to open the wooden door of the building, but tried to knock down a metal fence without success. They asked to speak to the head of the SEP, Leticia Ramírez, but she was not there, according to agency staff.

At this time, the teachers are waiting for the education authorities to accept their proposal to build “a high-level table” that can meet their demands.

These are preschool, primary, secondary and special education teachers from sections 9, 10 and 11 of Mexico City who left from the Monument to the Revolution and headed to the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP), where they hope that the authorities receive a commission for maintaining their request list.

Regarding the work stoppage announced by the CNTE, the education authorities indicated that although some schools were affected, the majority were functioning normally.

On the other hand, Pedro Hernández Morales, leader of dissident teachers in Mexico City, estimated that 5,000 teachers from Mexico City participated in the demonstration.

The strike “is widespread in elementary, secondary, preschool and special education,” he said in an interview.

He pointed out that they demanded that the authorities establish “a high-level table” together with the ministries of Interior and Public Education.

Professor Sabino González, leader of section 10, which unites secondary school teachers, says that according to his estimates “about 60 percent of the primary and secondary schools in the City” have stopped working.

La Jornada - Cnte Teachers Storm The Door Of The Sep After Marching For Basification And Salary Increases

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He emphasized that the protest was due to the fact that a policy of differential increases was implemented, which did not affect the teaching profession as a whole.

“Wage increase or national strike!” was one of the main slogans they launched during their advance on Av. Juarez.

They demand the repeal of the 2007 Issste Law and the education reform decreed on May 15, 2019; therefore, in the General Law of the System for the Career of Teachers, which – they show – restricts them to a regime of exception to work.

The unionized teachers from the Colegio de Bahillleres also joined the mobilization, demanding a 20 percent salary increase and the equalization of the salary to 16 thousand pesos as a welfare measure.

Workers affiliated with the National Independent Union of High School Workers have been on strike for more than two weeks, affecting 90,000 students.

La Jornada - Cnte Teachers Storm The Door Of The Sep After Marching For Basification And Salary Increases

CNTE teachers march to the SEP to demand that they be accepted by the head of Education, Leticia Ramírez, in Mexico City, on December 5, 2023. Photo Yazmín Ortega Cortés

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