Teachers Voice Grievances [Archives:1998/22/Local News]

June 1 1998

The Syndicate of Educational Professions (SEP), established in 1990, is suing the Ministry of Social Affairs for refusing to renew its license. The refusal is said to be politically-driven.
The SEP is demanding payment of the annual subsidy stipulated by Yemeni law for all trade unions and syndicates. It is also asking for amendment of the Teachers’ Law in order to allow for higher teachers’ salaries and other benefits.
There are 3 different teachers’ syndicates operating in Yemen at the moment with different political allegiances. “A unified syndicate must be established through democratic elections,” said Mr. Abdullah M. Abu Al-Ghaith, the head of the SEP.