Teachers in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina are continuing their strike, which reaches its 14th day today. Union leaders say that the court order instructing them to return to school today, violates their democratic right to strike and are taking the case to the International Labour Organisation.

The provincial ombudsman told reporters: “The ruling will lift the strike and as a result classes have to begin, with no negative effect on wage negotiations. Classes will start on Tuesday, no matter what. This is not an administrative order — it’s a judicial ruling.”

However teachers leaders say that classes will not start today and that there will be an assembly of members to set out the current situation. One union spokesperson said: "We are now forced to starve to death and remain under the poverty line. There’s an alarming decrease in salaries. People are fed up, they cannot make ends meet with their wages.” The government is calling for new talks tomorrow, but so far negotiations have failed to accede to teachers' demands that they receive a 35% pay rise, which itself would probably not even keep up with the galloping inflation in the country. As well as campaigning for a living wage - at present teachers earn a basic wage of $433 a month - Buenos Aires teachers are also involved in a long running campaign against the pro-rich policies of the state government.

The government says that the teachers must return to work in order not to restrict the right to education of pupils. There are two answers to that. Firstly that it is the government which is restricting that right for children by not funding education properly. Secondly that, in taking action, teachers are giving their pupils a valuable lesson in the importance of questioning and struggling against injustice.