Thousands of Peruvian teachers are still on strike, despite government threats to dismiss them.

Teachers say they will not return to work on Monday as the government is demanding and end their two month strike. Some say that the leaders of the teachers union SUTEP who have reached a partial agreement with the government are selling out their demands for more money to be spent on education in the country, which would improve both their salaries and the conditions in which they and their students work.

Miners have also been on strike and there is an ongoing strike of doctors. Teachers and their supporters have been holding mass demonstrations, including in the capital Lima. One protester that education was 'the most forgotten sector in the country.'

As well as demanding an increase to their low salaries, which at present average about $370 a month, the teachers are protesting reforms which will see them having to compete for posts and undergo punitive 'evaluations' without any dedicated training. Poor evaluations would lead eventually to dismissal. Such 'reforms' are promoted by the World Bank which seeks to blame problems in education on teachers, instead of the pitifully low level of investment. In the case of Peru, the World Bank in a  specifically encourages confrontation with unions to achieve the desired reforms.

The government's threats of dismissal, as well as heavy handed security measures which we reported earlier, mean that teachers need international solidarity.