On Sunday, Iranian teachers in at least 31 cities across Iran joined a nationwide strike in protest to the Iranian government’s lack of response to their many demands.
Cities that have joined the protests include Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Shiraz, Sanandaj, Karaj, Qazvin, Marivan, Yazd, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Babol, Iranshahr, Torbat-e Heydarieh, Jolfa, and Saqqez among others.
Reports on social media by the organizers of the strike indicate that the strike will continue for three days.
In the past year, Iranian teachers have held dozens of rallies to demand their rights along with other Iranians especially workers and government employees, who have protested economic woes, government corruption and lack of political freedom.
Iranian teachers are demanding better wages, free education, respect for the rights of minorities and the cancellation of several government plans that further put strain on the already poor living conditions of Iran’s education workers.
With the Iranian regime discussing the budget for the upcoming Iranian year (starting on March 21), working and retired teachers are complaining that not enough funds are being allocated to the education sector.
The striking teachers are also demanding the release of several teachers’ rights activists jailed by the government for defending the rights of teachers.
Last year, teachers across Iran organized and held strikes on several occasions.
One three occasions, in May, October and November, the teachers’ strike lasted several days.
In December, teachers and students held undeclared demonstrations in Hamedan and Kermanshah. A few days later, similar protests erupted in Yazd and Isfahan.
Isfahan teachers continued their demonstrations for several days despite a heavy crackdown by the regime. Security forces attacked the teachers with batons and pepper spray.
In late December, teachers in Tabriz held similar rallies.
In January and February, Iranian teachers also held protests in various cities.