The Assistant Secretary General of the University of Basic Education, Iqbal Al-Azabi, announced on the Medi Show program today, Tuesday, January 24, 2023, that the university decided to boycott the second trio, in addition to organizing escalatory steps, due to the “intransigence” of the supervisory authority and its lack of commitment to the agreements signed.
Basic education university requirements
Iqbal Al-Azabi explained that after what is known as the “crisis of deputy teachers,” specifically on November 17, 2022, an agreement was signed between the Ministry of Education and the university, which provides for the demarcation of temporary employees and activation of teacher promotions. November 30 was set as the date for implementing the agreement, but the ministry “reneged on its pledges.” As usual,” and the agreement has not been implemented to date, without justifying this delay, he said.
And he indicated that the most prominent demands of the university are summarized in the demarcation of the 14,000 temporary employees who have started their work since 2017, and it also calls for activating the promotions of teachers that have been suspended since 2020, without demanding a retroactive effect for the promotions, denying that the demands have any financial effect, according to him.
The Ministry of Education uses students as hostages
Al-Azabi said, “The university is being pushed to take action. The Ministry of Education is the one who uses the students as hostages because it does not listen or call for negotiation until after the situation has rotted and it denies the agreements signed.”--
The guest of Medi Show believes in this, “a systematic policy by the ministry that pushes teachers to go on strike to cut wages.”-
The government is working to strike union action
And he continued, “There are agents who have not received their salaries for two years, and there are those who died of the Corona virus before receiving their dues, and others who receive their salaries irregularly.”
Iqbal Al-Azabi stressed that the first step to resolving the crisis is the negotiating table, but the Ministry of Education sees the opposite, and does not respond to the university’s repeated calls to sit at the negotiating table, considering that the silence of the Ministry of Education necessarily flows into the government’s intention to strike at trade union work.
“The Ministry of Education is working to create problems between unions and their bases, and between unions and parents,” says the guest of Medi Show, adding: “The government has a systematic policy in this regard.”