Teachers at Federal Universities in Brazil Go on Strike

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Professors and administrative officials at at least eighteen federal universities in twelve states in Brazil have began a nationwide strike for more government investments in education, better working conditions and a 27 percent pay increase. Last week, the government announced that it would be making significant cuts in government spending, including education, where it would reduce investments by more than R$9.4 billion. The last time federal university employees received a pay raise was in 2012.

According to ANDES (National University Teachers Association) President, Paulo Rizzo, the strike was . . .

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