Night demonstrations took place in a number of Jordanian cities, in which teachers and citizens participated, to demand a reversal of the decision to suspend the work of the teachers union for two years, in a new chapter in the chapters of the crisis between the union and the Jordanian government.
The cities of Mafraq in the east and Sakib in Jerash in the north, Madaba near the capital Amman, Maan and Aqaba in the south witnessed marches that also demanded the release of the vice president and members of the union council who were arrested for about a week, and drop the charges against them before the start of the new school year.
The Attorney General in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Hassan Al-Abdallat, issued a judicial decision last week, "to stop the hands of members of the Teachers Union Council and members of the central and branch bodies and departments, and to suspend the union from working and close its headquarters for a period of two years", due to what he said were financial violations and inciting measures pending before the Public Prosecution .
And the crisis between the teachers union and the government goes back to more than a year, after the teachers union organized a strike that lasted for a month last year, demanding financial bonuses, and it was agreed between the government and the union to give the teachers a financial allowance at the beginning of this year in exchange for breaking the strike and the return of teachers and students to schools .
With the beginning of the year, the agreement was implemented by granting teachers financial allowances, each according to his service, work reports, and accomplishment. Governmental and military sector employees were granted similar financial allowances.
With the outbreak of the Corona virus in Jordan in the middle of last March, the government decided to stop the financial bonuses granted to public sector employees, including teachers, in a government austerity campaign to face the repercussions of the spread of the virus in the Kingdom.
At that point, the Teachers' Union considered the government's decisions as a violation of the agreement signed between them, and the union threatened to take escalatory measures in exchange for the recovery of bonuses, including entering a new strike from the beginning of the school year in September, and boycotting the participation in the parliamentary elections expected to take place before the end of the year, and others Of escalatory actions.