Zelaya tried to change our constitution, and i guess many of us Honduras had a wish to see the movement of the water changing here in Honduras, only not in the illegal way Zelaya wanted to do it.
Remember that the change is the only constant in today’s world.
Let’s look at the facts:
We have a constitution that state that “All honduras are equal under the law, there shall be no discrimination among the people”, guess what?, a secondary law, “El Estatuto del Docente”, the teachers law, says that they are entitled to work only 200 days a year and are entitled to 365 days of payment plus the two extra payments every honduran is entitled to.
The same is with doctors, nurses, university teachers, etcetera, etcetera.
Why does the constitution allow someone to get paid for 365 days of work after only actually working 200 (optimistic figure since they spend about half on strike), while the other have to work 313 days (365 – aprox 52 sundays). Private workers payment is based on performance while all those privileged groups have a payment based on times X the minimun wage. Private enterprise workers lost their job if they miss two consecutive days of work, while the teachers are allowed around 100 days a year on “strike”, i mean, they don’t work 165 days a year, why they don’t go on strike on those days. The doctors and higher level education providers are an überklass by themselves, a doctor work 4 hours shifts while making six times the minimun wage as their minimun income, most of them work three shifts on different institutions for which they make, wow, 18 times the minimun wage per month, i wish i was a doctor, if you go to them they charge you that per hour. I dont need to tell you that getting sick in Honduras can let you in poverty.
I am not against them teachers and doctors getting rich , but hey, why the unequal treatment, if i lose two consecutive days of work i am out without a dime, and those teacher “haraganes” can walk away with 100 days on strike and never have the fear of losing their job. Someone Fire Them, the law is a contract, if they dont cover their part of the contract they should not be entitled to receive their pay, any good written contract come with clauses enacted to make sure the two parties cover their responsability accordingly. Our constitution claim we are all equal, why is not enforced by law, those writing these laws should see the problem with it, you just can give better opportunities to 200,000 honduras above the rest, less at the expense of the state as those teachers and doctors are.
I educated myself on public education, and thank GOD, teachers at my primary education years in my small town never seemed to lose a beat, and the “Estatuto del Docente” wasnt approved until i was on secondary education, they felt emboldened by that and started to lose some days. None of these “faltistas” was fired EVER. Why?
And you know what else, they don’t pay taxes on their payments, that’s why most doctors will not accept credit cards, that would their income visible to the state, so they mostly accept cash only and they report a few. Why don’t the Tax Administration enforce tax law to them?, why can’t i, a taxpayer call the teachers administration and make an inquiry about why they are not working, since i pay my taxes and those taxes are used to pay them? why in this country public servants dont have as their banner a good attention to the taxpayer since they are the ones paying for their wages. Why?
May i ask again. Do we need a Change to the constitiuion, NO, we need them to get conscience. TOO MUCH TO ASK
Do we need another constitution, NO, we need to enforce the current one.
As a conservative i am against more law, but i also believe that failure to comply with the law should have consequences.
Should we change our constitution because of this?
NO, but as Thomas Jefferson once said:
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”