May 9th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) President Luis Guillermo Solís says he cannot provide any guarantees to the country’s public school teachers who have been on strike since May 5th after thousands of teachers claim they have been missing paychecks since as early as January.
Following the State lunch after his inauguration yesterday, Solís told reporters that he could offer no guarantees. “I cannot give a guarantee, and if I were to say I can I would be lying like those before, and [the teachers] know that no one can guarantee that these payments will be made,” Solís said.
“I have said all I can say,” Solís said in reference to his statement of support for the teachers earlier this week. “We are helping them (the teachers), the Minister of Education is dedicated to doing so, and has committed since the end of last week to help. […] It is a situation that we didn’t create but inherited,” Solís said.
Teachers unions from around the country plan a march to Casa Presidencial today.
Union leaders have said their strike would last indefinitely until all past-due wages are paid. According to union leaders, teachers and other school employees have faced foreclosures on their homes, while others have been jailed for being unable to make child support payments – some even arrested in their classrooms, union leaders claim.