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The Roots of the National Strike in Honduras: An Interview with Bayron Rodríguez Pineda

• Beth Geglia - NACLA

As Honduran teachers and doctors resist the neoliberal restructuring of health and education services, educator and organizer Bayron Rodríguez Pineda explains the roots of the mobilizations and the growing people power in the streets. The bills are based in special decrees called President and Council of Ministries (PCMs) that Hernández issued in January 2019, which declared healthcare and education "national emergencies" and allowed the executive branch to take unilateral measures to intervene in the situation. The restructuring bills establish "Special Commissions for the Transformation of the Health and Education Ministries" comprised of each sector's Minister and six civil society representatives appointed directly by the president. The Commissions are tasked with rearranging each sector's ministry and budgetand facilitating contract changes. Teachers and doctors fear that this will lead to mass layoffs and serve as a way to undermine teacher organizing, which has

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