Teachers in many parts of Argentina are on strike in protest about the lack of spending on education and the erosion of their pay. With inflation in the country running at 42%, teachers' leaders say that their salaries put them only a little way above the poverty line.

Schools in five states are likely to be closed for at least two days this week, instead of opening for the beginning of the new school year. Buenos Aires, the capital, and other states are likely to follow suit. Other education workers such as cooks and janitors are also likely to strike, meaning that schools will be unable to open.

Workers in every sector are becoming poorer as the 'Let's Change' government of right wing president Mauricio Macri seeks to punish workers for the country's economic crisis, while protecting the interests of 'businesses, farmers and bankers' according to one union leader.

Argentina has one of the oldest public and secular school systems in Latin America, which is why its adult literacy rate is second only to Cuba's and higher than that of the US. Yet the kind of policies pursued by Macri, first as Mayor of Buenos Aires and now as President  mean that this is being progressively run down, while private education thrives. The present dispute is also highlighting the lack of spending on public schools.

Macri is a millionaire business man, who in Buenos Aires pursued pro rich and pro privatisation policies, which led to many  by teachers and students in the town. Macri has been implicated in the off-shore , leaked in the so-called Panama papers.