Argentina teachers go on strike

2017-03-07 08:06
Desks remain empty in a classroom at a Buenos Aires school. (Victor R Caivano, AP)

Desks remain empty in a classroom at a Buenos Aires school. (Victor R Caivano, AP)

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Buenos Aires - Authorities in Argentina say that millions of students are missing class in the South American country due to a teachers' strike.

The 48-hour stoppage began on Monday. Unions for private and public school teachers are demanding a nationwide salary increase of 35% in line with the country's inflation rate.

Provincial governments are offering roughly half that, varying by region.

President Mauricio Macri said his government wants to resolve the conflict. But he's criticising the strike, calling it a politically motivated move ahead of this year's congressional elections.

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