Teachers and leaders of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) are demanding the repeal of the General Law of the System for the Career of Teachers, accusing it of violating teachers’ labor rights.
During the ‘National Dialogue for the Labor Rights of Higher Secondary Education Teachers to Obtain a Definitive Management or Supervision Position’, organized by the Education Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, they proposed the creation of a new law in collaboration with the national teaching profession . , which is transparent, fair and impartial, for the benefit of public education in Mexico.
SNTE representatives, led by Alfonso Cepeda Salas, thanked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for revoking the General Law of the Professional Teaching Service, but criticized the current General Law of the System for the Career of Teachers and the USICAMM because of opposing the principles of the President of the Nation regarding the revaluation and vindication of the teaching profession.
And they emphasized that the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation ruled that articles 60, 61 and 62 of that law are unconstitutional, because they have successive inequality and violation of workers’ rights at the Higher Secondary level.
In that sense, they argue that those who apply the General System Law for the Career of Teachers (the USICAMM) They allow the manipulation and deletion of information in processes such as admission, promotion and identification.
They stated that the law contains discriminatory behavior for promotions, its negative impact on labor mobility and the exclusion of certain categories of teachers and educational methods.
Likewise, they detailed that the processes are unfair, exclusive, ineffective, unilateral, in addition to not allowing teachers to exercise the right to be represented by their Union; in other words, It is a law that does not recognize bilaterality.
Meanwhile, they warned that the law is unfair, because its criteria for promotion to management positions are different; which they describe as unfair, because it violates the right to movement of workers and becomes a limitation of the legitimate desire of teachers to have a decent salary and a decent life, while at the same time they say that it is discrimination, because It creates differences between teachers at the Basic and High School levels and excludes some categories of teachers (artistic, technological, physical education and psychologists), and other educational modalities (Cultural Missions and CECATI).
Teachers and union representatives agree that USICAMM sand became the executioner of the teachersbecause it does not value their work, it does not facilitate professionalization and discourages teaching.
They also criticize the excessive bureaucracy of the processes regulated by USICAMM, because in some schools in the country there are groups without teachers, which prevent children and young people from fully using the their right to education.
For this reason, legislators Sonia Rincón Chanona and Gabriela Martínez Espinoza committed to review the USICAMM law and consider its elimination if necessary, after complaints from union representatives about the lack of respect for the rights of the USICAMM worker.
Finally, Flora Tania Cruz Santos, president of the Education Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, pointed out the interest of teachers from all over the country in the forum and continued that, “As legislators we are faced with the opportunity to contribute to the creation of truly equal conditions for those who choose to participate in competitions for the promotion of management positions in the System for the Career of Teachers, thus fulfill the main goal of this system, which is the revaluation of the teaching profession.”