Algerian Teachers on Hunger Strike
The Algerian Hunger Strikers
35 Algerian teachers have been on hunger strike since the middle of July to protest against the casualisation of the teaching profession in that country
The teachers who are all so-called 'contract' teachers say that no regular teachers have been recruited aince 1995 and that contract teachers will soon outnumber their permanent colleagues. Some teachers have been on temporary contracts since 1995. In addition some teachers are owed 3 years back pay.
The teachers are all members of the public service union SNAPAP. Education International has sent a message of support, see www.ei-ie.org for more details.
Like many other African countries, Algeria has been under pressure from the IMF through its structural adjustment programme to privatise large sections of its economy and to restrict public spending.