A nation-wide call for strike action by teachers in Colombia was only a partial success -- according to both Government and union sources.
GV Public school in Bogota
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GV Children in school playground
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GV PAN Teachers assembling with banners for march
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Background: A nation-wide call for strike action by teachers in Colombia was only a partial success -- according to both Government and union sources.
But in the capital, Bogota, on Wednesday (16 April) most schools were closed for 24 hours. About 95 percent of the city's primary school teachers stopped work, although among university and technical college staff the stoppage was divided.
High school teachers, too, were not enthusiastic about the strike, claiming that it was "without basis or union argument and its objective were obscure".
The main emphasis of the protest appears to have been against the Government's recent decision to increase teachers' salaries by twenty per cent - an amount they consider insufficient in view of the rising cost of living.
At a rally in Bogota on Wednesday, organised by "FECODE" (Colombian federation of Teachers), teachers, pupils and parents with left-wing sympathies gathered in the Parque de Periodistas (Journalists' Park) and marched to the Plaza Bolivar.
They carried banners and chanted such slogans as "We reject the pittance of 20 per cent", "Revolution, Revolution" and "Down with the bourgeois press".