Teachers in Brazil are once against taking action to fight poverty pay and for improved conditions in schools. Teachers in the state of Mato Grosso del Sul (MS) are to start an indefinite strike tomorrow (27th May) and teachers in the huge city of Salvador are to take three days strike action also starting tomorrow. 

A spokesperson for the teachers in MS said that they are fighting for good quality public education for all. The state government has repeatedly failed to carry out its legal duty to pay teachers properly and has also failed to improve the crumbling infrastructure and to provide adequate training for teachers. Morevoer all the other workers in schools: cleaners, cooks and administrative staff for example, are also receiving inadequate salaries. The union is planning various actions such as protests in the capital Cuiaba.

Teachers in Salvador are also fighting for decent salaries and proper funding of schools. Their members are spending the days prior to the strikes working with local school communities to explain the background to the strike. During the strike itself they will hold a mass rally and public class in the main square of the city.

Meanwhile teachers in Sao Paulo have voted week after week to continue their strike at mass assmblies held every Friday. Teachers there are also campaigning for improved infrastructure, smaller classes, an end to temporary contracts and increased pay - teachers in the state earn around $318 a month, according to a report in Labour Notes. As well as the weekly assemblies which keep the momentum going the teachers have set up a permanent encampment outside the Ministry of Education.

The teachers are all members of the Brazilian teaching union CNTE, which will also be joining the mass national actions this Friday against further dimunution of labour rights in the form of outsourcing. The general strike will also be demanding the enhancement of democracy in the country, against those who want to see a military coup in the country and against the repression of dissent as seen most obviously in military police attacks on peacefully demonstrating teachers in Parana at the end of April.