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Teachers demonstrated in Luanda and promised to take to the streets in 15 days

About 500 university professors demonstrated this Saturday in favor of salary increases and better working conditions, and promised to take to the streets every 15 days while the executive does not respond to their demands.

: Lusa

The demonstration took place the day after university professors met in a general assembly, having decided to continue the strike, which has lasted since January 3, indefinitely.

"It was a success", described the secretary general of the Union of Higher Education Teachers (Sinpes), Eduardo Peres Alberto, indicating that the teachers from Luanda were also joined by colleagues from other provinces, including Kwanza Norte and Kwanza Sul.

The protest began at 1:00 pm at the Faculty of Humanities of Universidade Agostinho Neto and ended about an hour later in front of the Ministry of Finance, where they sang the national anthem and read the deliberations approved at the general assembly on Friday.

"The objective was to convey the message of Sinpes and show that the academic community was present", he said, adding that the protest took place "with a high spirit of civility and without police incidents".

On Tuesday, union representatives intended to deliver the dossier with the deliberations to the Ministry of Public Administration, Labor and Social Security (MAPTSS), the body that has been intermediating the negotiations.

These include the rejection of the proposal for a 0.4 percent salary increase and the maintenance of subsidies, maintaining the "willingness to negotiate" with the Ministry of Higher Education, according to Eduardo Peres Alberto.

Teachers will continue to strike and have also announced their intention to demonstrate every 15 days until their appeals are heard.

The Sinpes leader praised "the spirit of the teaching class" and appealed to the government to listen to its "cry", in order to overcome the strike that has lasted for more than three months.

Sinpes complains in particular of the "non-compliance" with the memorandum of understanding signed in November 2021 by the authorities.

A salary equivalent to 2000 dollars for the assistant professor intern and 5000 dollars for the full professor are the salary proposals of Sinpes to counteract the current "mediocre salaries".

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation considered, in February, that the salary increase of the teachers, on strike, was a "delicate and complex process", guaranteeing, however, that actions were being taken at the Government level in this area, based on a more general approach to public administration salaries".

At least two demonstrations, aimed at resuming classes in public higher education, were held in February, on the 5th and 19th, by students who asked for the intervention of the President, João Lourenço, to resolve the impasse.


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