The National Union of Teachers decreed today, the 23rd, a nationwide strike in public educational establishments. The causes pointed out are low wages, lack of isolation allowances, reduction of Employment Income Tax (IRT) discounts, increase in transport allowances and the creation of better working conditions.
The president of SINPROF, Guilherme Silva, said today that teachers do not want students to stay at home, on the contrary, it may “seem paradoxical, but this fight is exactly aimed at benefiting our children and young people, children of teachers and not only, whose parents cannot guarantee the minimum for their survival due to the precariousness of their work”, he stressed.
Guilherme Silva stated that the teachers’ strike is “absolutely legal” and appealed to teachers not to let themselves be “intimidated” and not to listen to those who “are simply interested in maintaining their position even though they are an interested part of our legitimate struggle”, he said.
The trade unionist added that “teachers have always had common sense or else they would not be negotiating, through their representatives, a list of demands in three years, when the strike law establishes only 21 days“
Guilherme Silva also said “that at the same time that common sense is asked of teachers, it would be good that this common sense was taken into account when analyzing the condition of the teacher. Common sense is what the Angolan Executive has lacked the most. That’s why it’s important to keep fighting, because without that, nothing we want will be achieved”.
The president stated that they are giving the Ministry of Education and the Executive another opportunity, “so we started with a short-term strike, in the sense of realizing that we are open to dialogue, regardless of whether we are on strike”, however, concluded Guilherme Silva “If our claims are not met, we will have no choice but to continue fighting”.
“We have the second phase more extensive than the first and the third even longer, however, the Executive has the possibility of preventing us from reaching that extreme, it just needs to give precise and concise guarantees that it will meet our demands and if that If this does not happen, we will have a bigger strike”, he reinforced.
However, as a note, the The Ministry of Education reacted by saying that it became aware of the strike announcement by the National Union of Teachers (SINPROF) through social networks.
Therefore, the Ministry of Education informs that it received, in 2019, a claim notebook, containing 10 points. The note also mentions that the memorandum of understanding emerged from negotiations between MED and SINPROF, signed on April 20, 2021, of which 7 points have been resolved and 3 are in execution, namely mono-teaching, school meals and promotions .
In the statement, the Ministry of Education appeals to SINPROF’s common sense, in order to review its position, “prevailing the spirit of dialogue that has already been evidenced in the negotiations, since the strike has implications and its consequences are always harmful for the parties”.
Remember that the strike that started today, the 23rd, across the country, according to SINPROF, will last until next Wednesday, the 30th of November.