Teachers strike on southern Mexico state of Oaxaca, 1.4 million without classes

MEXICO CITY — The radical teachers union that led a five-month shutdown of the southern city of Oaxaca in 2006 has gone on strike again, leaving about 1.4 million children without classes.

The region had appeared to overcome such labour strife after former Gov. Ulises Ruiz left office in December and made way for current Gov. Gabino Cue at the head of a broad coalition. Ruiz’s resignation had been a main demand of the 2006 protests.

Cue’s administration said Monday that it had responded to 80 of the union’s demands and offered about $130 million in improvements for schools and teachers.

But the union called those responses “minimal and insufficient” and vowed to re-establish protest camps like the ones that paralyzed Oaxaca in 2006.

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