06/09/2015 Teachers on strike

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For two weeks, university instructors and elementary and secondary school teachers in Uruguay have been on strike. The unions and the government have hardened their stands and there is no agreement in sight. The teachers are demanding an increase in salaries to 30,000 pesos (around 900 euros) by 2020, while the government has only agreed to raise the basic salary to 25,000 pesos (740 euros), for a 20-hour work week. The strikers are also demanding in increase in the budget allocated to public education and the state university UdelaR to 6 percent of GDP. Currently, the expenditure on education is roughly 4.5 percent of GDP.

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