Workers and retirees of the Compañía Anónima Nacional Teléfonos de Venezuela (CANTV) and representatives of the teachers’ union participate in a demonstration to demand better working conditions and salaries today, Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in Caracas (Venezuela). EFE/Miguel Gutiérrez
From this Tuesday until next Thursday, public education institutions in Venezuela will be paralyzed as part of the 72-hour national strike by teachers and administrative staff.
This strike was supported on Monday by the Teachers’ Union, who demand that the labor benefits that the dictatorship took from the union be restored.
“The magisterium is not a political group, it has participation and the right to express an opinion on social conflicts. Until now we have restricted our action to labor demands, and the demands are basic and fundamental,” said a spokesperson for the teaching sector.
In this sense, the spokesman for the teachers assured that the teachers do not expect to be paid more than the rest of the country’s workers.
“What we are demanding is what we had in the collective contract a salary of eight minimum wages, because now we earn only one minimum wage,” he concluded.