Today a court in La Plata, the capital of Buenos Aires Province, suspended an order by the María Eugenia Vidal administration to recover the school days lost due to teachers unions’ strikes during the year in the winter recess.
Ever the start of the school year, teachers unions have carried out 16 strikes in the Buenos Aires Province, protesting against what they considered to be low salary increase offers from the provincial government.
After five months of unfruitful negotiations, the unions finally accepted an offer of a 27.5 percent yearly increase (including add-ons) on July 4, almost 10 percent more than the government’s initial offer from February.
In order to recover at least some of the school days lost, the Vidal administration issued a decree establishing that some schools had to open their doors during the first week of the winter recess, while others had to keep them open after the school year officially ended in December.
However, a La Plata court upheld an injunction presented by a teachers union called Teachers’ United Front (Frente de Unidad Docente), and prevented the provincial government from implementing its plan. Now the Vidal administration will have to decide whether or not to appeal the ruling.
Considering how many legal battles these two camps have had this year — the most notable being the fight over the government’s intent to deduct striking days from teachers’ salaries (a court prevented it from doing that as well) — it’s more than likely they will.