The vote was unanimous, as it could not be otherwise: the high bars were full of retired teachers and the speeches for the gallery had been extended by two hours. Nobody wasted their opportunity to ingratiate themselves with the masses. In the end, the plenary of the Assembly was ratified in its original resolution that the president had vetoed. Now the State will have to recognize the Retirees bonuses of teachers since 2008.
The president Elizabeth Cabezas began taking a bath of popularity among the bars, where she multiplied hugs and lavished smiles. Then he started the session, welcoming the teachers and throwing flowers, especially his old elementary teacher who was among them.
The Minister of Labor, Raúl Ledesma, was received from the outset and delivered a shameful speech. Not even he dared to get angry with the bars. Instead of defending the presidential veto, as was his duty, he acknowledged the justice of the claim, threw the previous government’s blame and promised to continue, with the finance minister, looking for the money to pay everyone. Seven hundred million said they are needed and there is not.
While he was speaking, he was interrupted several times by Augusto Espinosa, the ex-Minister of Education of Correismo, who shouted at him from his seat to deny it. Armed with patience, Ledesma was not intimidated or backed down a centimeter, until the president intervened to amend the situation, which was irregular. But instead of calling attention to Espinosa, who was the outraged, he addressed the minister.
Two hours of debate added nothing to the obvious: retirement is a constitutional right and does not need to be ratified by any judge. The motion to ratify the original text, presented by Homero Castanier, received the support of the 119 assembly members present.
The decision increases beneficiaries
According to the Interpretative Law, whose presidential veto was voted yesterday by the National Assembly, the teachers who took refuge in October 2008 are entitled to compensation, according to the age and years of service in the teaching profession. .
The National Government had proposed that only those who have retired since March 2011 be counted. Now, the Government has to pay up to 160 unified basic salaries ($ 59,100) to the 8,500 teachers who have retired since 2008. (I)