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May 13th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s teachers unions are continuing their nationwide strike today as students continue to stay home.
According to union leaders, promised salary payments yesterday fell short of what teachers were owed, and many still have received nothing at all.
Today marks the seventh day of the nationwide strike by the country’s thousands of public education workers, which they say will continue ‘indefinently’ until the Ministry of Education pays workers missed paychecks dating as far back as January.
The Ministry of Education has blamed the problem on technical issues with its payroll system.
President Luis Guillermo Solís has expressed his solidarity with the striking teachers, though he said last week that he could not ‘offer any guarantees.’
According to union leaders, teachers and other 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.
The problem affects not just teachers, but janitors, school cooks, and other employees in the country’s public school system.