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| 19 June 2021, Saturday | النسخة العربية

Sit-in by “contractors movement” in front of Ministry of Education

The “movement of contractors” in secondary and basic education and those who get assisted by,  carried out a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Education in the UNESCO, in the presence of the President of the General Labor Union, Bechara Al-Asmar, who gave a speech saluting  the contracting teachers on their “permanent stand to demand their rights”, and demanded the Ministry of Finance “at this stage to facilitate The rights of contractors, to alleviate their suffering, especially since we need medical treatment in the presence of this epidemic. ”

He added, “There is the right of transportation allowance that has become unacceptable, and it must be 50 thousand pounds, and the correction of hourly wages. All of these must be implemented, and it is unacceptable for the contractor to wait 6 months to get his monthly salary because it is a sacred right , and better than the ration card, petrol cans, medicine, flour subsidies and other life matters that must be available to the citizen. Therefore, any lifting of support must be accompanied by a plan that gives the poor their rights, because otherwise, it will lead to movements in the street, and the labor union supports all the moves.

He concluded, stressing, “Our right is to have a rescue government not caretaker one.”

Then, the coordinator of the Movement, Hamza Mansour, read a statement in which he said: “We did not come here today to ask for an increase in our salaries so that we can buy biscuits, caviar, bottles of foreign perfume and Cuban cigars, as the pillars of power are doing  today, amid their people’s writhing from the pain of hunger, deprivation and broken self-dignity.”

He went to the Minister of Education: “We came to you, Your Excellency, to tell you that your ministry and your authority are denying us our right to our wages from the beginning of the school year and you see that and do not correct what had caused this. We came to tell you that we no longer have the money to buy gasoline to go to high schools and schools. Add the state of humiliation that we live in by standing and waiting lines in front of the stations of humiliation to get a few liters to fill the reservoirs of knowledge and knowledge.
He addressed  the Minister of Education saying : “We came to you, Your Excellency, to tell you that your ministry and your authority are denying us our right to our wages from the beginning of the school year and you see that and do not correct what had caused this. We came to tell you that we no longer have the money to buy gasoline to go to high schools and schools.

He asked: “Have the official exams become more important than our children’s livelihood, than our forgotten dues, from our children’s hunger, from our deprivation and misery? Didn’t it occur to you how a teacher will go to teach when he cannot buy food for his children or should he buy it on debt? Aren’t you moved by these cases that blow away ministers, governments and states, in civilized countries with civilized leaders who live the sufferings of their teacher’s moment by moment? Can you do anything, your Excellency, the Minister, after hearing sounds of our pain, or those around you are preventing you from hearing?  Do you think that you are free of responsibility when those around you shut your eyes? Is the distance that far between you and us to hear, see, act, initiate, rescue, treat and heal? We doubt it.”