Jordan: Education International condemns dissolution of teachers’ union and detention of leaders
Education International is calling on workers and unionists to urge the Jordanian authorities to immediately stop harassing the leaders of the Jordanian Teachers Association (JTA) and threatening its very existence.
On 31 December, the Amman Magistrate's Court authorised the dissolution of the JTA and the detention of all 13 teacher association board members for a year. The detained union leaders have been released on bail while the JTA Board appeals the judicial decision. According to Education International, the dissolution is illegal and due to an improper interpretation of the legal provisions. The sentence against the board members is also unfair, because they were prevented from presenting evidence against the charges.