Ecuadorian educators protest salary equalization | News
Summoned by the National Union of Educators (UNE), Ecuadorian teachers staged this Thursday in different cities of the country a day of mobilizations demanding to enforce the reforms proposed to the Organic Law of Intercultural Education (LOEI).
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Under the slogan “let them all go” the teachers mobilized in Quito from the insurance fund to the center of the city, to the Constitutional Court, closing Maldonado Avenue to the south; in Guayaquil they cut the perimeter road; while concentrations were also reported in Ibarra, in the north of that nation.
Among the main demands that educators are demanding from the Government of Guillermo Lasso, and which the Constitutional Court will have until May 23 to rule on whether it will ratify the proposed reforms to the LOEI, is salary equalization, the guarantee of the budget to the education, as well as the activation of the school violence observatory.
Proposal that was vetoed by President Lasso, and that among other issues projects an increase in the basic salary for more than 100,000 teachers of the South American nation from 817 to 986 dollars per month.
By the way, the National Coordinator of the UNE, Andrés Quishpe, avoided that “the marches are produced to demand that the Executive comply with the salary equality recognized by the Constitutional Court (CC) and to also tell this instance to ratify that right. It’s been 11 years that the teaching profession has been relegated from this right”.
Likewise, the demonstrators highlighted with their posters and slogans that “rights are not negotiated; education is not an expense, it is the basis of the country’s development”.
The union of workers in the education sector was joined in the protests by the Federation of Secondary Students of Ecuador (FESE), as well as parents and residents of the sectors where they were concentrated, who also condemned the rape by the driver of a school transport , to a minor under 15 years of age in the same vehicle.