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Jordan suspends teachers union, closes headquarters for two years

Yasser Seddiq , Saturday 25 Jul 2020
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Jordanian teachers union

Jordan's Deputy Attorney General Hassan Al-Abdullat ordered on Saturday the supension of the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate (JTS) and the closure of the union’s headquarters and departments for two years over charges that syndicate members were involved in corruption and “incitement.”

Jordan’s News Agency Petra reported on Saturday that Al-Abdullat issued subpoenas against members of the union council for questioning into the aforementioned charges.

The public prosecution is investigating allegations against the Teachers Union Council that include financial abuses, “inflammatory” statements made by the syndicate's council and circulated on social media, as well as a case involving videos posted on social media by the association's deputy head.

The prosecutor also requested that the Minister of Education take legal steps to form an interim committee to take over the union's administrative and financial duties.

Last October, Jordan’s government reached a pay deal with the union to end a one-month strike, the country’s longest public sector strike, which disrupted schooling for more than 1.5 million students.

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