TEHRAN: Thousands of Iranian school teachers have protested and staged a one-day strike over the slow implementation of salary and pension reforms, local media reported on Tuesday.
Reformist newspaper Arman Melli said the teachers demonstrated outside parliament in Tehran and Education Ministry offices in provincial cities including Isfahan and Shiraz.
The paper said it was the third day of protests by teachers in recent weeks.
Iran’s ILNA news agency reported that striking teachers in Alborz province, west of the capital, carried placards demanding “Free the imprisoned teachers.”
It was an apparent reference to colleagues detained at previous rallies.
Protesters called for the alignment of teachers’ salaries with those of other public sector employees among other demands, ILNA said.
“Unfortunately, our salary with a master’s degree and sometimes a doctorate is about 4.5 million tomans ($160) per month,” it quoted a protesting teacher in the city of Yazd as saying.