Argentina

Young students in rural areas of Argentina Young students in rural areas of Argentina Photo: Nahuel Berger / World Bank

Overview

Education in Argentina is free and compulsory from grades 1-6. Teachers in Argentina have some of the lowest wages in the country. This has led to several strikes, vacant positions and an incredibly high illness rate among educational staff.  

In recent years, there have been significant improvements in the protection for the human and trade union rights offered to teachers through legislation. Teachers' collective-bargaining rights and salaries are now protected under national laws. Unions are engaged with the Government on laws concerning public financing of education, recognition of children’s rights, and sexual education; however, teachers' unions do not have opportunities for full consultation and participation in education policy development.

 

 

 

Last modified on Sunday, 07 July 2013

Updates

  

Monday, 10 October 2016

Teachers, students and unionists are protesting against mass redundancies in education, “which they say are part of a process of undermining public education and a move towards a new model based on market needs.” The State Employees' Association (ATE) “complains of an underutilization of the budget for education and the dismantling of areas of teachers' training, human rights, adult education, statistics, children's and youth choirs, among others. (…) The ATE complained about an attempt to ‘privatize’ programmes such as Connect Equality, aimed at promoting digital inclusion, inherited from the previous government, which this year ‘experienced the influx of international companies such as Microsoft and Google.’ ATE would like to replace these operational programmes with locally produced open-source software—such as Huayra—in the laptops distributed for free to students.” Source: PSI Privatization Watch

Friday, 15 November 2013

EI’s affiliate in Argentina, the Confederación de Trabajadores de la Educación de la República Argentina (CTERA), supported the theme of the XXII March for Pride in Sexual Diversity: “Free lay and egalitarian sex education”; the march proceeded from the Plaza de Mayo to the Plaza del Congreso in Buenos Aires on 9 November.

Teachers took part in the march for pride and joy “to celebrate the growing recognition of rights that we are experiencing and to demand the effective implementation of comprehensive sex education”, said Stella Maldonado, General Secretary of CTERA and a member of EI’s Executive Board. “As teachers, we call for education free from discrimination in our schools,” she said, demanding “an extension of the rights in the Law on Equal Marriage and Gender Identity”.

Thursday, 07 November 2013

The President OLME, one of EI’s Greek affiliates, Kotsifakis Themistoklis, met the Executive Board of the Argentinian teachers’ union CTERA in October. The delegation was led by Stella Maldonado, CTERA’s General Secretary and a member of EI’s Executive Board.

Maldonado spoke of the CTERA’s struggle and determination during the years of unbridled neoliberalism.  That struggle led to important achievements such as the Finance Law, a new National Education Law, and a call to joint negotiations at the national level.  

Mr. Themistoklis analysed the crisis suffered by Greece and other countries in southern Europe such as Spain and Portugal, in face of austerity policies that have led to unemployment and poverty for workers.

 “The education budget has dropped to 2% of GDP, we have schools that are closing,  30% fewer teachers than in 2010 and scientists who are  emigrating”  stated Themistoklis.”  “The government – just like Argentina in the nineties – is using the media to persuade public opinion that the public sector is too big and has to be cut back,” he added.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Argentinan teachers still recieve some of the lowest wages in society, but unionists haven't given up the fight to increase the wages - and thus the quality of life - for Argentina's teachers. Unionists planned a 96-hour strike, for which the government only further docked the teachers' pay. The two sides were engaged in wage increase negotiations, which ultimately ended early in 2013 when the Argentinian Government refused to surpass a 22 per cent, when the unionists called for 30 per cent. This is the ninth strike concerning teachers' working conditions in Argentina in 2013.

Thursday, 03 May 2012

As of 3 May 2012, there was a huge strike from teachers' unions.

 
  

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Union contact

  • Confederation de Educadores Argentinos, CEA
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  • Confederation de Trabajadores de la Educacion de la Republica Argentina, CTERA
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  • Federacion Nacional de Docentes Universitarios, CONADU
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