The teacher union’s crisis with the Jordanian authorities entered a critical turn, with the judiciary announcing the dissolution of the union, its current elected council, and the imprisonment of its members, following a number of cases filed by the public right against the union’s council.
This morning, the Amman Magistrate’s Court issued a decision to dissolve the Teachers Syndicate, which was formed according to a law issued by the National Assembly. It also ruled that all members of the Council be imprisoned for a period of one year according to the charges against them. The members of the Council who attended the session were arrested, namely: Nasser Al-Nawasrah, Deputy Head of the Teachers Syndicate And the members of the Council, Kifah Abu Farhan, Nidal Al-Haisah, Ibrahim Al-Assaf, and Mutassim Bishtawi, and then they were released on bail hours later.
On July 25, Amman’s Attorney General, Hassan Al-Abdallat, decided to stop the hands of the teachers ’union council, members of the central body, branch bodies and departments, and to suspend the union from working and close its headquarters for a period of two years.
Out of court jurisdiction
Upon the issuance of the court’s decision, the teachers ’union lawyer, Bassam Fraihat, appealed the decision to the Amman Criminal Court, and the court agreed to sponsor members of the Syndicate Council who were arrested following the initial decision.
Fraihat told Al-Jazeera Net, “There are a number of legal steps that we will take to respond to the court’s decision. The first of those steps is to appeal the decision, which is what happened today, and we will await what is issued by the Court of Appeal, either confirming or revoking the judgment.”
He adds that “the decision to dissolve the teachers’ union has well-known legal methods, and this is outside the jurisdiction of the court. The union was formed according to a law issued by the National Assembly, published in the official gazette, and signed by His Majesty the King, and therefore the dissolution of the union can only be done by a law issued by the National Assembly in its two chambers. Representatives and the dignitaries, and is running according to its legal and legislative frameworks. As for what happened, it is not among the powers of the esteemed court.
Fraihat explains that the court’s decision was based on the case of the Syndicate’s demand for a financial allowance for teachers that was agreed upon with the government in October 2019.
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For his part, the deputy head of the Teachers Syndicate, Nasser Al-Nawasrah, describes the court’s decision as an assault on the right of 150,000 teachers, depriving them of their right guaranteed by the constitution and legislation to establish a union that represents them, serves their interests and defends their rights. The union has been a long-standing one since 1956, and it was formed with the blessing of His Majesty King Hussein in that Then, the approval of His Majesty King Abdullah II to sign the Syndicate Law.
Al-Nawasrah added to Al-Jazeera Net that “the customary mentality of the government deals with the union with a vengeful mentality, and wants to destroy this democratic edifice by various means, after the teachers’ strike to demand financial bonuses and claim rights during the month of September 2019.”
He explains that “after the strike, an agreement was signed between the union and the previous government, but it disavowed the implementation of its provisions, and the current government came to take advantage of the defense orders and the state of emergency in the country due to the Corona pandemic, to eliminate the union in a customary way.”
Al-Nawasrah continues his speech by saying, “The Syndicate, as of October 6, 2019, has not conducted any field activities on the ground, and was satisfied with written requests from the former and current prime ministers to implement the terms of the agreement, but the official response to our demands was arbitrary to dissolve the elected Syndicate Council, stop the work of the union, and disrupt the work The interests of teachers, disrupting the work of the union’s branches in the governorates, and the government’s latest revenge decisions represent the referral of 120 teachers to early retirement and deposit without their request, as a punishment for them for their activity in the service of their colleagues.
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The government .. No comment
Al-Jazeera Net contacted a responsible government source, but he refused to comment on the court’s decision, and said only that “the issue of the Teachers Syndicate is before our fair and impartial judiciary, and the executive authority has no right to interfere with the work and powers of the judiciary, in implementation of the principle of the independence of authorities.”
Earlier this month, Finance Minister Muhammad Al-Issas announced the re-payment of financial allowances to employees of the government, military and security sectors, after the previous government had stopped them in the middle of this year due to the Corona crisis, which prompted the Teachers ’Union to object to stopping the financial bonuses, considering that a retreat from the terms of the agreement signed between Government and union, which includes a financial allowance for teachers.