Teachers in Sao Paulo state in Brazil demonstrated against their union leadership, which put an end to a strike without any of its demands being met. The Sao Paulo strike was part of a rolling national mobilisation, calling for the minumum wage for education workers to be implemented, which was agreed five years ago by the parliament. Teachers say that the low pay puts young people off from joining the profession. There is a shortage of 300,000 primary school teachers in the country, resulting in larger class sizes, which only exacerbate the problem of violence in schools and a demoralised teaching profession. 

The teachers are also demanding that 100% of the compensation paid to states for oil extraction should go to education. Last year Brazil's teachers went on strike demanding amongst other things that 10% of GDP should be spent on education, which has still to be won, instead the government is beginning to pursue neo-liberal reform policies like privatisation and high stakes testing.

Sections of the teaching workforce in Sao Paolo were due to be on indefinite strike. Last week, angry teachers who work in  Sao Paulo state pelted the speaker car in which the local union leadership were travelling. The leadership were leaving a mass rally at which teachers affirmed their wish to carry on with the strike, however this was ignored and the strike ended anyway. Security forces protected the leaders as they ran away and attacked the protestors with clubs according to reports. The strike in the city branch of the union carried on.