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Teachers walk out across Iran as long-running dispute continues

TEACHERS walked out in towns and cities across Iran today as they continued strike action over pay and conditions.

Mass protests were held in the capital Tehran along with rallies in Kermashan, Loristan, Meriwan, Shiraz, Isfahan and Bukan.

They demanded freedom for teachers that have been jailed during the protests including Ismail Abdi, Mohammad Habibi, Abdulreza Ghanbari and Mohammad Thani.

Unions are demanding a pay rise, saying that many of the country’s teachers have been forced into poverty as the value of the rial continues to plummet and US sanctions start to bite.

They accuse the government of failing to implement the outcome of a national job evaluation which would have increased salaries and say workers have had wages and overtime payments withheld.

Large protests and strikes have seen thousands of teachers take to the streets during the long-running dispute.

The Council for Co-ordination of Teachers’ Professional Associations is also demanding the right for teachers to be able to join and be active in their own free trade unions.

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