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Jordan Reaches Deal With Teachers Union to End One-Month Strike

Jordan Reaches Deal With Teachers Union to End One-Month Strike

Sunday, 6 October, 2019 - 12:30
A demonstration in Amman led by the Jordan Teachers' Union (AFP)

Jordan's Government said Sunday it has reached a pay deal with the teachers union to end a one-month strike, the country's longest public sector strike that disrupted schooling for more than 1.5 million students.


The deal came after the strike threatened a deepening political crisis when the government last week began legal steps against the unions after they rejected pay hikes they said were "bread crumbs" and the government said it could not afford to give more.


The pay deal will see salaries rise by 35% to 60% from next year.


It comes after weeks of deadlock with the government intransigent over meeting an original 50% pay rise demanded by the unions that it said would strain the heavily indebted country's finances.


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