Saturday, January 29, 2022

Iran teachers protest new pay scale as inflation bites

Hundreds of teachers rallied in cities across Iran on Thursday to protest changes to their pay and pensions, state media reported.

In Gilan province on the Caspian Sea coast, about 150 teachers marched in the city of Rasht, while another 70 marched in Lahijan, the state broadcaster reported.

The protesters raised slogans such as “if embezzlement is reduced, our problems will be solved,” and “we only listened to promises, we did not get justice”, it said.

In Iran’s third-largest city, Isfahan, about 300 teachers demonstrated, Mehr news agency reported, after another protest was held in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province in the southwest.

Social media platforms held similar protests in Neshabur in the northeast, Kermanshah in the west and Khorramshahr in the southwest.

The government wants to introduce a new grading system for teachers based on experience and performance.

The protesters are protesting the way it is implemented. They are also demanding that the government move more quickly to align pensions with the salaries of working teachers.

Affected by severe economic sanctions imposed by the United States since 2018, Iran has seen inflation approaching 60%, with a huge impact on the standard of living of public sector workers and others with fixed income.

Civil servants in the judiciary, one of Iran’s most powerful regions, held rare demonstrations on Sunday against the government’s refusal to raise their salaries.

On Monday, Attorney General Mohamed Jafar Montjeri threatened to prosecute the protesters.

Ultraconservative President Ibrahim Raisi, who took office in August, proposed a pay hike in the final weeks of his previous job as judicial chief.

But the new government headed by him changed its mind.

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