Ruling to end nationwide teachers’ strike still applies: Jordanian court

Jordanian teachers display their national flag during a protest in the capital Amman. (File/AFP)
Updated 03 October 2019

Ruling to end nationwide teachers’ strike still applies: Jordanian court

  • The teachers’ union, which has 100,000 members, is demanding a 50 percent pay hike
  • Only a quarter of Jordan’s 4,000 public schools opened on Tuesday and a fraction of its 1.5 million or so students turned up for lessons

AMMAN: Jordan’s Supreme Administrative Court said Wednesday that a ruling to end a nationwide teachers’ strike still applies and is in accordance with the law, Jordan News Agency (Petra) reported.
The court ruled to end the four-week strike on Sunday, after the Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate on Saturday rejected as “bread crumbs” modest pay increases offered by Prime Minister Omar Al-Razzaz in a bid to end it.
The strike comes as Jordan struggles to implement tough IMF-backed fiscal reforms.
Only a quarter of Jordan’s 4,000 public schools opened on Tuesday and a fraction of its 1.5 million or so students turned up for lessons, in what economists said was a blow to the Razzaz government, which came to power in 2018 after street protests over IMF-backed austerity measures.
The teachers’ union, which has 100,000 members, is demanding a 50 percent pay hike. Razzaz says pay increases that took effect this month averaging $35 per month were the most Jordan could afford.


Beirut hit by massive explosions wounding many and damaging buildings

Updated 56 min 41 sec ago

Beirut hit by massive explosions wounding many and damaging buildings

  • Health minister says very high number of injuries
  • Huge blast followed another explosion and fire at port

BEIRUT: Two massive explosions shook Beirut on Tuesday wounding many people and causing widespread damage.

The afternoon blasts shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city center. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping.

Lebanon's health minister Hamad Hasan said the explosion caused a "very high number of injuries."

The explosions appeared to be centered around Beirut's port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away. The blast followed an initial explosion and fire.

Videos showed the second huge explosion and massive shockwave. People could be heard screaming and running from restaurants and their homes. 

Lebanon’s officials news agency said the incident was due to an explosion in a fireworks warehouse by the port.

*With agencies