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After Amman gives in to striking teachers, more protests could come

Now that the monthlong teachers' strike is finally resolved, the Jordanian government fears other public sector employees may also take to the streets.
Public school teachers gather for a demonstration demanding pay raises, at the Professional Associations Complex in Jordan's capital Amman on October 3, 2019. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP via Getty Images)

A month-long teachers strike in Jordan ended on Oct. 6. It's seen as a triumph for public sector employees and a defeat for a government that has failed to deliver on its promises of improving the lives of Jordanians. The strike, the longest in Jordan’s history, ended after Prime Minister Omar Razzaz made a public apology for the use of force against protesting teachers on Sept. 5 and later reached a deal with the Jordan Teachers Syndicate that offered a 35% to 70% pay raise for more than 140,000 public school teachers.

A majority of Jordanians stood by the striking teachers even as more than 1.5 million students in the public school system were out of class for almost a month. The crisis underlined the growing discontent with the failure by successive governments to improve the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of public sector employees against a backdrop of rising cost of living, high unemployment and poverty.

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