Teachers Syndicate threatens escalation over bonus delay

Libya’s General Syndicate for Teachers gave the Government of National Accord two weeks to dispense their bonus in the western and southern regions of Libya, or the syndicate would “escalate the situation.”

According to a Monday statement by the syndicate, the House of Representatives approved a new bonus to teachers in 2018 which the Interim Government in the eastern region has already applied.

The syndicate is in touch with the Presidency Council over the new teacher bonus, the statement said, threatening that it will take legal action against anyone trying to “deny teachers in Libya their rights.”

Salaries of the education sector reached LYD 5 billion (about $3.6 billion) in 2015 for 680,000 employees, of whom 400,000 are teachers.

Last year, the syndicate demanded the postponement of the academic year until a new law is issued to protect the rights of teachers. They also voiced concerns over the military clashes in the capital, Tripoli.


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