CNTE Blocks San Cristóbal-Tuxtla Gutiérrez Toll Booth; 6th Day of Protests

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As part of the protest activities on their sixth day of an indefinite work stoppage, teachers from Section 7 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), affiliated with the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), took over the toll booth on the San Cristóbal-Tuxtla Gutiérrez toll road this Monday, allowing free passage for motorists.

“On the sixth day of the indefinite strike, the educational and popular movement of Chiapas has liberated the toll booth in demand of a solution to the demands made at the federal level and against transnational corporations,” reported Section 7.

At the same time, thousands of teachers have been holding a sit-in since the 15th of this month in the central park of Tuxtla Gutiérrez and its surroundings to demand the repeal of the educational reform and the law of the Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE).

Other demands include the repeal of the Unit of the System for the Career of Teachers (Usicamm) and that the payment of pensions to retirees be made according to the minimum wage and not with the Unit of Measure and Update (UMA).

In addition, they demand the reactivation of the Savings Fund and the operation of the Savings Fund and Social Benefit Fund (FABES) as they were originally created: that the recovery of loans be made via payroll.

Source: La Jornada