Sunday, 23 January 2011

Honduran Teachers in Protests for Overdue Salaries

Source: Prensa Latina, 04 January 2011.

Honduran teachers announced new protests against government plans to privatize education, and also demanded the payment of overdue salaries. Teacher reject the so-called decentralization of education, which, according to Jaime Rodriguez, president of the Teachers' Union of Middle School Education, means privatizing it.

The government did not give all teachers their full salaries for holiday, bonus, and as stipulated by law, it only paid a group of teachers, said Rodriguez.

The union leaders rejected the government's intention to pass the responsibility to municipalities and warned that the project threatens free education and hurts the poor. They also denounced the persecution of many teachers for participating in the People's National Front, which brings together different sectors opposing the coup.