There's a good deal in the papers about state school teachers striking. Just to put things in perspective, you need to understand that a state school teacher here works just four hours a day - morning or afternoon shift (children get 1/2 day of instruction). As I understand it, there is a sort of short tertiary teacher training program thus a university degree is not required. Teachers get paid thirteen months a year (there is a special "aguinaldo" payment twice a year - 1/2 month paid twice a year) + paid summer vacations and national holidays. Starting pay as of last month for a teacher with NO experience is $1,550 and will go to $1,605 in July. This does not include the previously mentioned extra month's pay. Most teachers are women who have working husbands; many teach in two schools. Maybe I am missing something, but it seems strange that they are protesting so much. I am sure there are plenty of Argentines and even expats who would like to work with this pay and benefits - and I forgot to mention that they also get private health insurance. Salary figures come from BA HERALD March 28, page 2.