Teachers in Buenos Aires and other provinces in Argentina are taking 48 hour strike action in pursuit of their demand for a wage which will allow them to make ends meet. They are also calling for more money for education infrastructure in the city's crumbling public schools. Only last March, teachers in the city struck for a fortnight over the same demands, with the government using threats to force them back to work. Although a wage rise was won at the time, that has now been eroded, so that once again teachers are finding it difficult to survive on their salaries.

Argentina is presently being harrassed by international speculators in hedge funds and finance institutions such as Goldman Sachs, who hold bonds in the country and are demanding repayment. Partly as a result of this, the country is suffering from accelerating inflation. Meanwhile, Buenos Aires City mayor is millionaire business man Mauricio Macri, who pursues pro rich and pro privatisation policies. 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 being pursued by Macri and other elites in the country mean that this is being progressively run down, while private education thrives.

Even as Argentinian teachers fight for public education, a report by the World Bank attacks teachers and teaching unions in Latin America, blaming them for the crisis in public education. According to a preview of the report: "The deepest challenge in raising teacher quality is not fiscal or technical, but political, because teachers’ unions in every country in Latin America are large and politically active stakeholders". In fact what nearly all teaching unions in Latin America, including those in Argentina, are fighting for above all, is for public education to be properly funded. As a popular slogan on Argentinian teachers' protests reads 'la escuela publica no se vende, se defiende!' - (public education is not to be sold but to be defended.)