SANTIAGO – Around 30,000 people marched on Thursday along the Chilean capital’s La Alameda thoroughfare on the second day of a nationwide teachers’ strike.
The job action was launched to demand an end to excessive workloads and to attacks on teachers by students and their parents, as well as to call for the payment of certain benefits to educators who are not currently receiving them and greater participation by teachers on educational bodies.
The president of the teachers’ union, Mario Aguilar, said President Sebastian Piñera’s administration had ignored a list of demands that educators submitted in April.
He added that teachers may launch an indefinite strike if their demands continue to go unheeded.
Education Minister Marcela Cubillos, for her part, urged teachers to resolve the dispute through dialogue and said the government was willing to work with them to find a solution.
Roughly 75 percent of the nation’s teachers have adhered to the strike, according to the union, with marches and rallies having been held in several different cities since Wednesday
The march in Santiago unfolded peacefully and concluded with an event that included speeches and artistic performances.