May 6th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís said yesterday that he supports the nationwide strike launched by the country’s thousands of educators yesterday.
Teachers’ unions claim some 7,000 teachers and other school staff have been owed wages since as early as January. The Ministry of Public Education (MEP) blames the problem on technical issues related to their payroll system.
“As an educator and a citizen, I join in solidarity with the striking teachers of Costa Rica. What happened to the teachers of this country, due to the faulty application of the Integra-Dos payroll system, is not acceptable,” Solís said.
Solís said that incoming Education Minister, Sonia Marta Mora met with teachers unions to discuss the situation.
“We want this matter to be resolved with high priority and hopefully resolved in the shortest possible time,” Solís said.
“We want to see what the situation really is. Some speak of thousands of teachers who are not paid, others say there are hundreds,” Solís said, adding that some teachers have suffered more missed paychecks than others.
“We’ll see how it plays out. This will not be easy, the payroll system has a number of problems that were not foreseen,” Solís said.
Solís made the remarks during a meeting with a number of social groups where he received proposals for his new administration drafted by unions, cooperatives, the agricultural sector and others.
Union officials say they will continue the strike indefinitely until all past due wages are paid in full.
On Wednesday, educators from across the country plan to travel to San José in some 100 buses for a mass demonstration.