1000 Indian Contract Teachers Arrested
A Contract Teachers' Demonstration in India Over 1000 contract teachers have been arrested in the state of Chhattisgarh in India The teachers who have been on strike since November 1st are demanding salary increases and permanent jobs. At present they earn between $120 and $180 a month and have no employment or pension rights, nor any of the other rights of regularly employed teachers. The state authorities refused their demands and asked the security forces to arrest them. The chief minister of the state told the press: "This is a pressure tactic. The government will not bow down before their unnecessary demands. If they will not suspend agitation in a day or two, I will go for a fresh recruitment drive in place of striking teachers." This is only the latest example which this website has discovered of teachers in many parts of the global south being paid starvation wages and on temporary contracts - a policy actively promoted by the World Bank, see for example: http://www.teachersolidarity.com/blog/world-bank-attacks-global-south-teachers/ However this case of a state government imprisoning teachers, with its security forces lying in wait for them as they move towards demonstrations is one of the most egregious yet. As an opposition spokesperson said, these teachers are being put in prison, " just for raising their demand through democratic ways." ."