Jordan orders two-year closure of teachers
Live Correspondent: Jordan’s judiciary on Saturday ordered a two-year closure of the teachers’ union as part of an investigation into alleged graft, state media reported.
The move came three days after the Teachers’ Association organised a demonstration attended by hundreds of protesters demanding the government honour a 2019 agreement for a rise in wages.
The government and the union, which represents 100,000 teachers, had reached the deal after a month-long strike over salaries.
The teachers had been demanding a 50-percent salary hike and had obtained raises ranging from 35 to 75 percent.
But in April, the cash-strapped government said it would freeze public sector raises this year, citing economic woes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The teachers’ union responded by calling for a demonstration on Wednesday, during which union leader Nasir al-Nawasra urged authorities to respect their promises.
Earlier this month Jordan’s King Abdullah II said his country had successfully brought the coronavirus under control and that it was time to focus on restarting the economy.
Jordan, which has so far recorded 1,154 cases of the virus including 11 deaths, imposed a tough curfew enforced by drones to stem the spread of the pandemic, before easing policies in early June.
Jordan is highly dependent on foreign aid and has struggled to curb its public debt which stands at more than $40 billion, while unemployment in the first quarter of 2020 hit 19.3 percent.
Dhaka, 26 July (campuslive24.com)//IH