The teachers of schools concerted from the Basque Country, some 9,000 teachers in total have been working for 10 years without seeing their working conditions renewed and have decided to take to the streets and go on strike for four consecutive days. The call for a new agreement is addressed to 215 subsidized private schools, where about 120,000 students study. The convening unions have encrypted this Tuesday in more than 65% the follow-up of the first of the four planned days of unemployment. The employers Kristau Eskola (Escuela Cristinana) has reduced it to 32%.
Some 5,000 people have demonstrated today in the streets of Bilbao convened by the unions ELA, Steilas, CC OO, LAB and UGT. The follow-up of the strike has been "massive", according to the centrals. The bosses of the sector, Kristau Eskola and AICE-IZEI, have acknowledged that the teachers' demands "may be understandable", although they have specified that in order to meet wage demands they need greater funding from the Basque Government.
The faculty of the concerted network Basque protests the increase in precariousness and the loss of purchasing power. They ask to equate the salaries among the teachers who teach ESO, given that there are differences of about 200 euros per month among professors who, with the same degree, teach in the first or second cycle of ESO. They also demand to improve the conditions for the workers in the poorest situation, such as those in the 0-3 year old children's strip and the educational support specialists, and an agreement to relocate the personnel affected by the foreseeable closing of classrooms that will cause the decrease of the natality.
The head of Kristau Eskola, Mikel Ormazabal, has assured that the employers can not meet these demands if the Basque Government does not increase funding to the subsidized centers, which receive the same amount from the Department of Education as a decade ago. He has warned that the lack of sufficient funding by the regional government and union demands, which "may be understandable", he said, jeopardize the educational system. As explained, the Ministry of Education distributed resources by 66% for the public network and 33% for the concerted network, when the distribution of students is maintained by 50% in both networks.
The professors complain to the heads of the concerted centers and blame the problem on the lack of government resources. The spokesman of the Executive, Josu Erkoreka, has responded today to the patronage Kristau Eskola that the financing of the agreed school is agreed and collected in the law, and it is not something that the Executive has "taken off the sleeve" or has fixed unilaterally . "It is the concerted school that has to make an effort to reach agreements with the representation of the staff that integrates its staff", has settled.