Jordan: Dissolution of Jordanian Teachers’ Association, dismissal of teachers and obstruction of union work

In partnership with the Education International, the global union federation of 384 associations and unions in 178 countries and territories, representing 32.5 million teachers and other education employees.

LabourStart, together with the Education International, calls on you to protest the dissolution of the Jordanian Teachers' Association (JTA) and the massive dismissals of teachers including 14 JTA leaders. The Jordanian security forces again arrested and detained the leading members of the JTA in connection with World Teachers Day celebrations. Riot police were deployed to stop the peaceful demonstrations organised to denounce the crackdown on trade union rights. The JTA was dissolved on 31 December 2020 by the Amman magistrate court. On 29 September 2021, the Attorney General rejected the appeal filed by the JTA against the union dissolution and one year imprisonment of all 14 JTA board members. JTA used the opportunity of World Teachers Day to denounce their continued judicial harassment. JTA also asked for the lifting of all barriers preventing teachers from exercising their right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. The Jordanian government has been using emergency laws enacted during the pandemic to judicially harass union members, teachers, and education workers. Employment regulations for civil servants have also been diluted to make it easier to terminate their employment. At least 65 teachers have been forced to retire early.

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