At the beginning of November 2018, professors Lizette González Valadez and Damián Salcedo Rodríguez were promoted to directors. That same payday their salary was not deposited. The situation was repeated in the next pay period and continues today, leaving seven months that some teachers in Jalisco have not been paid.
“Not a peso, nor bonuses nor paycheck. Nothing” explained Lizette, who runs the Blas Galindo Dimas primary school in Tonalá.
Teachers have reached the limit of what they can economically handle without pay. These months they have managed to stay afloat through loans and with the help of relatives, “but you run out of hands to which you can ask for help.”
Damián, who directs the area of Special Attention in the Multiple Care Center ( CAM) in the community of Pegueros, indicated that the payroll receipts of their payments appear online, but the deposits never reach their bank accounts.
But their cases are not isolated. So far there are 264 education workers in Jalisco who have not received their salary. Teachers, directors, supervisors, and administrators who are owed, in total, almost nine million pesos. “Even though they are violating our rights, we are not going to violate the rights of the children,” said Damián.
Emilio Sáenz Barba, director of Personnel of the Secretary of Education Jalisco, estimated that around 500 teachers have had problems with their payments.
He affirmed that, for months, the Secretariat has tried to solve the problem, because at the beginning of the administration there were 12 thousand cases like this. He acknowledged that there is no clear date to solve the remaining cases.