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Neuquén showed that the increase in public salaries due to inflation is unique in the country

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Neuquén showed that the increase in public salaries due to inflation is unique in the country

The government of the province of Neuquén stated that the salary offer that the ATEN teaching union rejected has no comparison with the rest of the country because no province promises to pay indexed for inflation.

Yesterday the teachers union held a march through the center of the city of Neuquén. It had been resolved by a plenary session of general secretaries that met on Friday to analyze a first offer without updating by CPI. On Saturday the government improved their offer, incorporating the update, but leaving out the month of January in exchange for a bonus.

On the occasion of the opening of the ordinary sessions of the Legislature, Governor Rolando Figueroa asked to understand that the Provincial makes a great effort to maintain the salary update due to inflation despite the fact that it does not have the resources to dispose of.

The Minister of Government, Jorge Tobares, clarified that this proposal, which was also put into consideration by the ATEN, UPCN and Viales unions, has no comparison with any in the rest of the country, “no jurisdiction is offering an update by CPI as the province is doing. of Neuquén.”

On Friday, March 8, he will pay the extraordinary, non-remunerative and non-rewardable sum of 150 thousand pesos, which was established in the salary agreement he signed with the State Workers Association (ATE). The agreement also establishes the salary update through the consumer price index (CPI) and that, for the April update, the March salary will be considered, which will also accumulate the February variation.

Despite the offer, ATEN decided to continue with the forceful measures despite the new salary offer from the provincial government, while the Argentine Union of Private Teachers (Sadop) joined the national strike called by the CGT. After noon, the measure ended with an event at the Government House.

As explained by the general secretary of the union, Marcelo Guagliardo, the offer is the same that was made to other state unions during the week and that the State Workers Association (ATE) accepted through an assembly.

“The Government proposed a proposal that is better than the previous one, with important elements, but it is still insufficient,” he said. According to what he said, the reason for the rejection is that, although the annualized CPI was now considered, “it does not consider the month of January,” historically the month that suffers the greatest inflation, he assured.

As established by the union’s internal system, despite having been rejected at the table, it must go through assemblies that will be held today.

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On the other hand, the Argentine Union of Private Teachers (Sadop) of Neuquén adheres to the national strike called by the CGT, in response to the Government’s “boycott” of the meeting by the national teachers’ union.

The union groups workers from private schools with or without state subsidy, demanding salary updates due to the CPI, the sending of the Fonid and the Compensation Fund by the government of Javier Milei, the cessation of layoffs in private education and the funds to union social works.

Other state unions

The salary offer was also made to other state unions such as the Neuquén Union of Provincial Road Agents, Unavp, and the National Civil Personal Union.

“The proposal presented last Thursday by the Executive was unanimously rejected. All the districts of the Province and the Central Headquarters rejected the bonus,” said Carlos Roselli, general secretary of the Unavp in dialogue with Diario Río Negro.

From Unavp they are waiting to be summoned to another dialogue table, where they hope to negotiate a proposal point by point. The new offer proposes the payment of a fixed sum of $150,000 in the month of March and the updated payment for work clothes of $154,000 to be collected in the month of April.

It also offers an update by CPI with April salaries to be collected in the month of May with continuity during 2024.

Yesterday, Monday, it was learned that UPCN accepted the Government’s offer. In the afternoon, during an assembly, an agreement was signed with the Minister of Government, Jorge Tobares, and the Undersecretary of the Treasury, Carola Pogliano.

The representatives of the union accepted the sum of $150,000, as extraordinary, non-remunerative and non-rewardable. In addition, the update by CPI was agreed for the period February 2024 to January 2025.

The government indicated that the second proposal to ATEN improves the previous one and it was ruled out that an agreement could be reached with some speed. As the strike is replicated today, Tuesday, tomorrow, Wednesday, it is likely that the formal and institutional opening of the school year will take place at the provincial level.

The effort that offering an increase in the salary of teachers, who number around 26,000 throughout the province, means for the province was highlighted.

Neuquén spends around 85% on current spending which includes, in addition to the payment of salaries, money transfers to the municipalities that also replicate the provincial salary update for their employees.

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Official sources indicated that they hope that the offer will be valued in a highly complex national economic context.

The agreement determines a new salary update scheme for the period February 2024 to January 2025, with increases in the months of April, July, October and January of next year.

For the April update, the salary for the month of March 2024 will be considered, which will accumulate the CPI variations for the months of February and March 2024.

In the following updates, the accumulated variation of the immediately previous quarter will be applied: July 2024 update, it will arise from the accumulated CPI for the months of April, May and June, on the salary established in the last update carried out in the month of April.

In October 2024, the accumulated CPI for the months of July, August and September, on the salary established in the last update of the first month of the quarter.

In January 2025, it will be the accumulated CPI for the months of October, November and December 2024, based on the salary established in the last update of October 2024.

In addition, an extraordinary, non-remunerative and non-rewardable sum of 100,000 pesos was established to be paid within the first half of March, extendable to the passive sector according to the proportions established by law. For directors with Extended and Full Time modality, the amount will be $200,000.

It was also recalled that throughout the entire year 2024, the National Teacher Incentive Fund (Fonid and Connectivity) will continue to be paid with provincial resources, as announced by Governor Rolando Figueroa.

The Unter meets in Jacobacci

The congressmen of the 18 sections of the Rio Negro teachers’ union, Unter, will meet today at Ingeniero Jacobacci to analyze the latest salary proposal of the Government of Río Negro for March, with the payment of bonuses in three tranches associated with seniority in the position .

Unter is moving to ratify the decision it adopted at the end of 2023 and it is the “non-start” of classes, but it is the first time in 2024 that the decision-making body that makes up the bases to resolve the position meets.

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In the assemblies and in the majority, the voice of strike was raised. The difference lies in the period that could be 24 or 48 hours for the start of the school year next Monday, March 11. It will put under analysis the proposed salary of bonuses ranging from 100,000 to 140,000 pesos.

The sections most critical of the leadership of Unter, who leads the Azul Arancibia sector, during the summer questioned the lack of convocation of the congress and that the decisions regarding previous salary offers – the declaration of the offer as insufficient, in January -, with bonuses, emerged from plenary sessions of general secretaries.

End of inclusive language raises concern

Discrimination was enabled by those in power when the prohibition on the use of inclusive language and the gender perspective in areas of the State was announced. “This will give the option to any teacher or administrator who did not want to respect students because of their diverse condition, to express it with all violence,” warned Marcela Romero, president of ATTTA in Argentina. While for adult trans people the elimination of inclusive language is “going back to the debate in Congress 20 years ago,” for mothers and fathers of diverse childhoods and adolescences, it will be another challenge.

In the 2020 survey of trans children and adolescents carried out in Neuquén and Río Negro by the Human Rights Observatory (undersecretary of Human Rights of Neuquén), there were educational establishments in both Río Negro and Neuquén that refused to implement inclusive policies, even with the validity of the law.

From the Nueva Crianza Association, Jéssica, mother of a trans child, clarified that they are planning a meeting at the end of the month to share experiences. This is a group that brings together 80 families from Neuquén and Río Negro.

Marcela Romero recalled that the gender identity law is 12 years old. Childhood and adolescence, (in primary and secondary school) “is a generation that was born with the right to choose.”

In the childhood survey (2020), it was detected that 28% had difficulties in educational transition due to their gender identity, particularly with teachers and directors. With greater force in Neuquén (46%) than in Río Negro (11%).


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