Saturday, June 10, 2023

What Sedoff said about teacher pay demonstrates his confusion

Post. Education Minister Miguel Sedoff’s defense of the wage agreement signed by the dialogue table made up of the UDPM, UDA, AMET, Sedop, Semab and Sidep unions was shattered by teacher Carlos Lezcano through a controversial tweet. Members of the Technical Board of the Front of Education Staff in the fight, who demonstrated with the numbers, the misconceptions of the renovation officer. It is worth clarifying that CEMBA (Michesines Alfredo Bravo Educators’ Union) did not sign the agreement because it considered it insufficient, although it remains part of the negotiating table.

The minister wrote a tweet this Thursday at 11:46 am, when FTEL teachers were submitting a petition to the provincial legislature, and said: “I share official data on restructuring of teacher salaries for the period Jan/May 2023, With an average increase of between 38.96% and 51%, about 7 points above inflation, which has been 32%.

In addition, he posted a table on the salary hike of teachers at various levels for the month of May, following an agreement signed with the “Friends of Power Unions”.

In view of this, in an interview with the TVA program MisionesCuatro, Lezcano categorically denied the minister. “When he says inflation was 32% from January to May,” it is clear that Sedoff “is a lawyer and not an accountant,” said the teacher who is a member of the FTEL technical committee.

“Sedoff reports that January to May inflation is 32%. So either you have a crystal ball or May inflation is going to be 0%. Because from January to April (inflation) was 32%, while in food it was 41.2% was,” Lezcano explained, rejecting the percentage released by Minister Sedoff, and pointing out that inflation in May was not determined because it is a current month.

teachers below the poverty line with data as reported by Sedoff

According to Lezcano, the increase in food, more than 41% accumulated by April “which is a hit, because according to that (salary) table, all education workers are below the poverty line,” he considered Lezcano in terms of salary 10 or Teachers with up to 15 years of seniority, who receive—according to Sedoff—$212,110 and $236,799, respectively, would total amounts below the original basket, which stood at $203,369 in April.

“For the most part, teachers’ incomes end up in the pot, and food inflation has been above double digits in recent months. And REM estimates (Survey of Market Expectations) themselves indicate that they will continue in these months ,” the teacher added about the pressure of increased food on workers’ wages.

Loss of 15 points of purchasing power of teacher salary till at least June with the agreement of friendly unions

Discussing the wage guideline established by the provincial government, the Navnirman Union UDPM and other unions at the dialogue table, Lezcano said that “all inflation projections for May and June indicate that teacher wage increases will be down at least 15 points”. which he signed (dialogue table),” warned Lezcano, anticipating a loss in the purchasing power of teaching assets of at least 15 points.

When asked how FTEL’s battle plan continues, Lezcano explained that they declared themselves in a permanent assembly and that they would define steps to follow at all times. “We are asking to open a table with the content” to overcome the recovery of salary, noting that “the table of friends of Shakti closes the semester with an increase of 1.81%. And (we demand are) restructuring starting salaries because with $130,000 (the teacher salary floor established in national parity) we border on poverty”, he sentenced.

What sedoff said about teacher pay demonstrates his confusion

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