Five days of strike in protest against the change of the school calendar

The unions have concentrated at the doors of the Department of Education, from where they have announced the five days of strike. The union representatives have proposed a “hard” mobilization because they assure that they will no longer prune. They have insisted that the school calendar has been the straw that has made the camel overflow but that there are many complaints that come from afar to which no response has been given.

Among others, they also claim to reach 6%b of GDP in education, reduce structural ratios, increase direct care staff in the centers and recover lost purchasing power. They assure that during the pandemic it was possible to observe how the educational system “was leaking” and they have regretted that nothing has been reversed of all that could be observed.

The unions also criticize the attitude of both the ministry and the councilor Josep Gonzàlez-Cambray, whom they accuse of not being willing to listen or dialogue with them. In this sense, the unions have not appeared at the sectoral table convened for this Tuesday. The USTEC spokeswoman, Iolanda Segura, has stated that they will not do so until there is a clear commitment to negotiation. She has assured that until now it has been non-existent and that closed documents that cannot be modified are kept on these tables.

The USOC spokesman, Carles Villallonga, has spoken of an “authoritarian” style and Segura has added that there is “no intention” on the part of Education to accept changes in his proposal. On the calendar, they also accuse him of lack of planning.

In this sense, Marga Romartínez, from CCOO, has ensured that Cambray’s proposal does affect the labor rights of teachers and other staff working in the centers. She has claimed that if this calendar has to be modified, it must be done in consensus by the entire educational community and not “come imposed” by the administration.

In fact, Marta Minguella, from the CGT, has asserted that the vacancies would only be called off if this proposal to advance the school year was withdrawn as it is proposed. “We are not asking for a moratorium,” she insisted. And it is that Minguella has assessed that what Cambray has proposed is a change in the operating model and has added that the hidden door is an attempt at “privatization”, in this case with the introduction of external companies in the leisure offer in the afternoon in September.

Call for mobilization

You have to go back decades to find a mobilization of so many days in the education sector. The strike days are added to the one already called on March 23 by some of the unions against the sentence of 25% of Castilian and to demand greater support from Catalan. The unions are optimistic about the mobilization because they assure that the “climax of indignation” has been reached, in the words of Segura.

In a similar vein, the USOC spokesman has stated that this outrage is very present in the centers and not only because of the new order of the school calendar. Thus, it has insisted on criticism of the management of the pandemic, the “imposition” of the new curricula, the lack of resources to attend to diversity, the “demand” of the C2 of Catalan for two courses here, the cuts that are maintained for a decade and the lack of staff stabilization.

The strikes will be accompanied by other protest actions, both in the centers and through street demonstrations, and others that may be announced for the end of the course, pointed out Bernat Pèlach (Intersindical-CSC). The spokesperson for Secondary Teachers, Joan Elis, has assured that they are willing to do “whatever it takes” to achieve their goals and from the UGT, Lorena Martínez, has encouraged everyone to go out into the streets.

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