Teachers’ syndicate may resume operations in a few months

The Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate was suspended by the public prosecutor until July 25, 2022, according to the syndicate’s spokesperson. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — According to Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate spokesperson Nour Aldeen Nadeem, 140,000 members may have been affected since the association was suspended on December 31, 2020, as they were benefiting from the social, economic, logistical, and labor services provided by it.اضافة اعلان

“The syndicate is still in existence, but it was suspended by a public prosecutor decision until July 25, 2022,” Nadeem told Jordan News, adding that “a government committee was formed to supervise the syndicate, headed by Nawaf Al-Ajarmeh, the Ministry of Education’s secretary general for educational affairs.”

Local media reported that the government is studying several scenarios for the syndicate to return to work in the coming period, as new elections will be held to choose a new council, as stipulated by law.

“The syndicate is now suspended by order of the judiciary,” Ajarmeh said, adding that “it is not possible to know what is going to happen, as long as the issue is not resolved” legally.

The Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate is a professional union founded in 2011 by Law No. 14 to represent teachers in Jordan.

“No one has the right to dissolve or abolish the syndicate except by law,” Nadeem said, stressing the fact that the association plays an important role in defending teachers’ rights.

“Abuse of teachers’ rights has increased, especially in the private sector. There is no one to defend them, follow up on their cases, or show the extent of abuse of their rights,” he said.

But Ajarmeh disagrees. “Stopping the syndicate from working did not affect teachers in any way, as the Ministry of Education preserves and protects teachers’ rights,” he said, adding that “the ministry is open to considering the challenges facing the educational sector in general”.

Nadeem insists that “the syndicate was part of the economic wheel in Jordan’s economy, as it brought benefits to the country, the citizens, and its teachers. Now it has stopped”.

The suspension of the syndicate, he said, was “the decision of a public prosecutor, and not a judicial decision”. It “represents an unjustified union disruption”, at a time “a decline was recorded in Jordan’s ranking globally in the field of human rights and labor rights provided by unions,” he said, assuring that those who commit any legal violation will be held accountable according to the law.

The syndicate’s lawyer, Bassam Freihat, said he expects the decision suspending the association to be cancelled and the association to be allowed to resume work, adding that he expects the case “to be closed by July”.

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