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06 Oct 2019 | 07:33 AM UTC

Jordan: Teachers end strike October 6 /update 5

Jordan News Alert

Teachers end strike on October 6; associated protests still possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/13/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Amman). COUNTRY/REGION Amman

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Event

The Jordanian Teachers Association (JTA) announced on Sunday, October 6, that it will end a one-month strike. The union reached a pay deal with the government on Sunday to increase salaries by 60 percent from next year. 

Associated protests remain possible across the country, notably in Amman, over the coming days and weeks. A heightened security presence along with localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any protest. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

On September 5, teachers held a protest in Amman to demand higher salaries, resulting in clashes with security forces as protesters attempted to march to the office of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz. In response, the Jordanian Teachers' Association launched a nationwide strike on September 8. At least 100,000 teachers are said to be participating in the ongoing strike.

On September 29, the Administrative Court ruled to suspend the open strike following lawsuits filled by parents of students. On the same day, the government offered striking teachers pay hikes ranging from 6 to 18 percent, against the 50 percent increase demanded by the teachers.

Advice

Individuals in Jordan, and particularly in Amman, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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