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Jordan Dissolves Teacher's Union, Jails Union Leaders

On 25 July last year, leaders of the Jordanian teachers union were jailed. The Education International, uniting teachers from all over the world, launched a global protest including an online campaign on LabourStart. On 23 August, the teachers' leaders were freed from jail -- because Jordanian law allowed them to be held for just 30 days.

Four months later, things have gotten much worse.

On 31 December, the Amman Magistrate's Court authorised the dissolution of the teachers union, and the detention of all 13 union board members for a year.

The detained union leaders have been released on bail while the union appeals the judicial decision.

As we did last summer, we need to flood the Jordanian government with demands that the harassment of the teachers must stop now.

As the campaign states: "Workers should be allowed to enjoy freedom of association and their right to collective bargaining as guaranteed by the national constitution as well as international treaties to which Jordan is a party."

Please take a moment to show your support for the Jordanian teachers.