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Non-bond teachers in Saidsadiq protest, demand permanent employment

  2021-05-16  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – A number non-contract teachers on Sunday (May 16) went on strike in Saidsadiq district, east of Sulaimani province demanding permanent employment.

Protesting teachers held signs saying “Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, we are the most oppressed class of the society.”

There are nearly 17,000 non-bond teacher that carrying no permanent employment status in the Kurdistan Region.

In March, the KRG Ministry of Education and Planning decided to pay 300,000 Iraqi dinars ($206.3) to bachelor's degree holders and 250,000 to diploma carriers for last October, November and December.

The non-bond teachers have protested and been promised several times by the authorities to meet their demands. 

The KRG installed several austerity measures in 2014 to purportedly fight an economic and financial crisis in a bid to save some cash to pay its bloated wage bill, such as a suspension to permanent employment.

But the KRG accepted rooms for on-bond and non-bond positions, among them for teachers, where they are paid a lump sum per months for their active service. The payment is lower than for permanent employment.

(Zhyan English)