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ARGENTINA | 14-03-2024 13:36

Universities in Argentina stage one-day strike over budget demands

More than 50 universities across Argentina failed to open their doors on Thursday as part of a strike in demand of “an urgent salary increase and in defence of the state, public, free and secular university.”

More than 50 universities across Argentina failed to open their doors on Thursday as part of a strike in demand of “an urgent salary increase and in defence of the state, public, free and secular university.”

The shut-out cancelling classes included the University of Buenos Aires, the nation’s largest, which said in a statement it is “against the adjustment of the university budget, adjustment of the salaries of teachers and non-teachers, and in defence of public, free and quality education.”

The educational institutions decided to adhere to a strike called by the CGT and CTA union groups complaining that authorities cannot guarantee the “minimum functioning” of their establishments.

Tensions have risen in recent weeks between universities and President Javier Milei’s government, which says it will increase the budget for universities.

According to reports, the Human Capital Ministry will allow for an increase to cover “university operating costs.” Reports say the hike could be up to 70 percent.

 

– TIMES/NA

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