Spain’s Teachers Go on Strike--Again
Public schoolteachers went on strike for the 17th day in the past three months Thursday to demand that the Education Ministry increase its offer of pay raises.
There were no immediate estimates on how many of Spain’s 250,000 elementary and secondary instructors participated.
Six trade unions, led by the Communist-oriented Workers Commission, called the two-day strike and threatened an indefinite walkout starting May 31.
On May 4, five of the six unions tentatively reached an agreement with the Education Ministry for a monthly pay increase of $178 by September, 1990. But in a May 16 referendum, 75% of the instructors rejected the pact. The unions demand a $223 monthly raise.
Elementary schoolteachers currently get an average monthly salary of $929. Secondary and technical schoolteachers’ average is $1,090.