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Teachers from the National Union of Educators (UNE) continued the protests in Ecuador this Friday in which they demand that the government led by Guillermo Lasso increase the budget for the sector, including salary reform.

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In the demonstration of this day in front of the Ministry of Finance located in Quito, several of the teachers decided to tie themselves to poles as a sign of their indignation and due to the inertia of the Executive to attend to their requests.

As explained by the president of the UNE, Isabel Vargas, this is one more measure taken by teachers to ask the Government “to deliver the budget for education, especially for the maintenance of educational institutions.”

In addition, this is the 11th day of the hunger strike carried out by 32 teachers from the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, while they wait for a ruling by the Constitutional Court on the presidential objection to the Organic Law of Intercultural Education (LOEI).

The LOEI establishes the so-called salary equalization that increases the basic monthly salary for those who work as teachers, from 817 dollars to 986 dollars.

In this sense, the UNE assured that the teachers will continue on hunger strike and there will be new mobilizations in Ecuador until the court ruling does not satisfy the demands.

This Thursday the Constitutional Court received 20 amicus curiae appeals (friends of the court) presented by the UNE; and several social organizations in defense of the Loei, while the judicial entity gave until next Monday for the executive to offer its arguments in order to define whether the legislation comes into force.

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