Article from Mexican Labor News & Analysis
Published by UE International.
Date published: April 2016
Web version: http://www.ueinternational.org/Mexico_info/mlna_articles.php?id=244#1823
Students at a majority of the campuses of Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institutes (IPN) struck in late April to protest what they argue is a government provocation intended to challenge the next meeting of the Polytechnic National Congress. The IPN campuses have a long history of militant protests and strike, through which they won the right to hold the annual Congress.
The IPN has 17,000 unionized teachers and staff and 170,000 students.
The striking students say the strike was called to protest the government’s decision to put the IPN under the Secretary of Public Education (SEP) headed by Arelio Nuño Mayer. Nuño Mayer claims that the SEP has always had control over the IPN, which is part of the SEP’s Sub-Secretary for Higher education. IPN Director Enrique Fernández Fassnacht, who agrees with Nuño Mayer, has called for negotiation with the student strikers.