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24 Mar 2021

Ty Joplin, Al Bawaba

Jordan’s Teachers continue to face punishment from the government eight months after their union's closure

Months After Crackdown, Jordan’s Teachers Still Face Punishment from the Government, Al Bawaba 24 Marc 2021

The Jordan Teachers’ Syndicate (JTS), previously one of the Jordan’s largest and most active trade unions, was outlawed after a violent crackdown against its leaders and rank-and-file members. Its thirteen board members have been held on a charge relating to the union’s plans to launch a national pressure campaign in order to push for better wages, which were previously promised to them in 2019 after a month-long strike but later rescinded by the government. Another charge the union’s leadership faces relates to donations made to bolster the governmental effort to contain COVID-19 in Jordan.

{.....} Most of the state’s charges against the union and its leadership revolve around its labor militancy. Amman’s Magistrate Court determined the JTS’ threat to engage in another national strike was a way of “threatening authorities,” in documents obtained by Human Rights Watch (HRW).