Posted on October 3, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Economy, People
Teachers, civil servants continue protests over salaries in Iraqi Kurdistan, Oct. 3, 2016. Photo: NRT
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish public school teachers continued a general strike in parts of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on Monday after demonstrators said the the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) failed to meet demands for salaries to be paid in full and an end to a salary withholding system.
The teachers took to the streets in Sulaimani city and gathered in front of Directorate of Education on Salim Street, a main boulevard that runs through the city’s center, NRT reported.
A representative of the protesting teachers told NRT that educators would announce the dates of coming demonstrations.
Employees of the local public notary office joined demonstrators in Sulaimani city and also called on the KRG to remove the salary withholding system that has lowered government workers’ wages by varied percentages depending on position and pay grade.
Meanwhile, teachers and other civil servants went on strike east of Sulaimani in Halabja and Sharazur, as well as in the resort town of Dukan and in Kifri citing unmet demands.
A group of teachers held a demonstration in front of the Duhok Directorate of Education, echoing calls on the government to distribute salaries for government teachers and end the system of salary withholding in place since the beginning of this year.
Teachers restarted demonstrations at the start of the new academic year on Saturday in Sulaimani, Halabja, Garmiyan, Raparin and Duhok to protest overdue salaries and the high percentage cut from their salaries.
That protest came after a wide demonstration on September 27 in which thousands of people including teachers and civil servants took to the streets in Sulaimani, Halabja, Darbandikhan, Kalar, Kifri, Rania, Qaladze, Chamchamal, Khurmal and several other areas in the Kurdistan Region against the KRG’s decision to cut salaries.