Madrid, Sep 21.- Madrid´s teachers continue on strike on Wednesday for the second day in a row over staff cuts in the education system and on defense of public education, a demand also made by teachers in Galicia.
More than 21,000 teachers of 340 high schools of the Community of Madrid, managed by the conservative Popular Party (PP), were called to join the second day of strike, which was attended on Tuesday by 78 percent of teachers, according to unions.
The strike aims at pressuring PP regional president, Esperanza Aguirre, to abolish the austerity measure reducing the positions of thousands of substitute teachers and increasing the mandatory classes per week.
In Madrid´s case, unions of public education complained that the increase of 18 to 20 hours of lessons per week will mean the dismissal of 3,000 people and a budget cut equivalent to 80 million euro.
Apart from having a negative impact on the quality of education, the austerity measures implemented by several autonomies, most of them PP-led, are equivalent to two billion euro and would dismiss 15,000 substitute teachers.
Union associations expect a mass response from teachers in Madrid and Santiago de Compostela. (Prensa Latina).