Mexico’s teacher union vows to up the ante


The ongoing and often bloody conflict between the Mexican government and its teachers intensified today, with the union vowing stronger confrontations in the days ahead.

The struggle began when the neoliberal government has imposed “reforms” not unlike those imposed in the U.S. under the George W. Bush administration.

From United Press International:

Mexico’s National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, teachers union has threatened actions of “greater intensity” as it remains deadlocked with the government over constitutional education reforms.

The union has held protests over constitutional reforms passed by Mexico’s Ministry of Education in 2013 that would force teachers to take examinations to be approved for employment, with further tests to maintain jobs. The intensity of the demonstrations — which have been ongoing since 2013 — have escalated to the teachers union setting up blockades that have created shortages of fuel.

Jose Luis Escobar, a CNTE spokesman, on Wednesday said President Enrique Peña Nieto‘s government must revoke or revise the law, but Peña Nieto’s administration has insisted the law is non-negotiable.

“They hold the only solution,” Escobar said, adding that though shortages have been created that Mexicans “have understood that this form of struggle is necessary in the face of the stubbornness and myopia of the government.”

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