Month: November 2019

Teachers Strike in Jordan

On 6 October 2019, the Jordanian government agreed to raise salaries of public school teachers from 35% to 60% beginning in 2020. After years of protest, Nasser Al Nawasrah, Deputy Head of the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate, announced the beginning of a mass teacher strike on the 8th of September 2019 and refused to call it off until the government guaranteed them higher salaries. Three days prior to the announcement, public school teachers from all over Jordan met at the capital, Amman, to demonstrate against their low salaries, which are approximately between 360 to 450 JDS a month. Public school teachers have been demanding a pay raise for years prior to the strike. In 2014, the government promised the syndicate, otherwise known as the Jordan Teacher’s Association (JTA) a 50% pay raise, but did not implement the policy, Teachers were also unsatisfied with previous compromises suggested by the government, such as Education Minister Walid Maani’s offer of a 50% raise with the condition of cutting benefits. The strike continued for a month; it involved the participation …