Tunisia: School teachers to strike against privatisation and low pay

By Maggie Falshaw
[Update: 19 April – solidarity message from UCU members at Westminster Kingsway college]

School teachers in Tunis are planning one day strikes in secondary and primary schools on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 25th April respectively. The strikers’ demands are for a pay increase, as rampant inflation has considerably lowered the value of salaries, against increased working hours, and changes in the working system, including large class sizes and in opposition to privatization of education. Mohamed Hlaiem of the primary school teachers’ section (SGEB) of the UGTT (Tunisian General Workers’ Union) told us that escalating privatization of education is an important issue in Tunisia. The system of universal state education is under serious attack as privatization by large for profit companies extend involvement in fee paying primary, secondary and tertiary education. This is creating a two-tier system with deteriorating conditions for students and teachers in the public sector. For example, class sizes in the private sector for the better off classes are around thirty to thirty five, while public sector classes of 60-70 children are being pushed upwards.

On hearing of the strikes planned by NUT and NASUWT teachers in England from June 2013, Mohamed Hlaiem said, ‘It’s the same struggle and the same problems’

What you can do:

Members of the UCU lecturers' union committee at Westminster Kingsway college in London send a solidarity message

Members of the UCU lecturers’ union committee at Westminster Kingsway college in London send a solidarity message

Sasha Simic, Amanda Sebesteyn, Kambiz Boomla, Simon Assaf, Maggie Falshaw and Anna Livingstone (from top right) who visited the World Social Forum in Tunis at the end of March, sending a message of solidarity to Tunisian teachers for their strikes on 17 and 25 April

Sasha Simic, Amanda Sebesteyn, Kambiz Boomla, Simon Assaf, Maggie Falshaw and Anna Livingstone (from top right) who visited the World Social Forum in Tunis at the end of March, sending a message of solidarity to Tunisian teachers for their strikes on 17 and 25 April

2 thoughts on “Tunisia: School teachers to strike against privatisation and low pay

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