Education syndicates threaten to strike [Archives:2006/1008/Local News]

December 18 2006

SANA'A, Dec. 16 ) Teachers and support staff are threatening to stage a nationwide strike unless the government meets their demands, according to the teachers, technical education and educational professions syndicates.

“The government never took any serious step to meet demands listed by education workers since this past August when the prime minister decided to form a committee from the government and the three syndicates to examine education workers' demands and tackle their issues according to the laws placed in effect,” the three syndicates said in a statement.

The statement insisted on the committee to do its mandate immediately to meet education workers' demands including increasing the teacher's monthly salary to YR 100 thousand.

Education workers insisted that prior entitlements accrued to them must be maintained when the government transfer them to the new wages and salaries strategy. They want the government to give them their monthly allowance for 2006, as well as the other allowances they receive under the Teacher Law.

The statement says that the nature of work allowances for teachers, education inspectors and school principals must include a 110 percent raise from the current salary and administration staff will receive a 60 percent raise, as of the beginning of 2007.

The teachers, technical education and educational professions syndicates condemned the acts and behaviours of local authorities in several governorates that deduct sums from education workers' salaries and deny them other entitlements accrued to them under the Teacher Law.

According to the three syndicates, the governorates behaviours are irresponsible and illegal.