Teachers strike but government stands firm

Trade unions representating local teachers were claiming victory in their first day of industrial action yesterday allegeding that 90 percent of all teachers joined the strike call.

But the word from the local government was that just 22 percent of teachers had not gone to work yesterday.

“A total of 4,500 teachers didn’t work yesterday out of 7,300 which are employed. If you take into account that 2,300 were covering the minimum services which had been demanded by the Balearic government. I think you can say that the strike has been a success,” said a union spokesperson yesterday.

The Balearic government dismissed the figures and said that support for the teachers strike had been low.

Balearic President Jose Ramon Bauza said that he would not be backing down on plans to introduce a three tier learning system based around English, Catalan and Spanish.Teachers claimed that they do not have the necessary resources to intoduce the system.

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