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3000 Teachers’ Protest in South China Suppressed

Posted by Author on December 17, 2008

By Wen Zhen, NTDTV Via The Epochtimes, Dec 16, 2008 –

Teachers gather outside the Shaodong County government building asking for their back wages. (The Epochtimes)

Teachers gather outside the Shaodong County government building asking for their back wages. (The Epochtimes)

More than 4000 teachers in Shaodong County, Hunan Province held a sit-in protest in front of the County government offices on December 1, to complain that the teachers have not been paid their performance wages for the past two years.

The County government replied by threatening to fire the teachers or to relocate them to remote areas. The deputy County Party Chief who was in a passing car which hit one of the teachers, said that it would not matter if some teachers were crushed to death.

Chinese ‘Teachers’ Law’ Favors the Teachers

According to Chinese “Teachers’ Law” and the Law of Compulsory Education,” teachers’ average salaries should not be less than the income of civil servants. However, the teachers of Shaodong County, Hunan Province have not received their performance wage since 2007. Without the performance pay, a County’s civil servant salary at the same level is three times what the teachers receive.

Many teachers in Shaodong had already appealed to the Department of Education and County Party Committee by letters or in person. These teachers hoped the government could uphold the law and issue the missing performance wages. However, as of December 1, the local government had not given the teachers a clear answer.

Seeing no other option, on December 1, over 3,000 teachers protested in front of government building.

Some of the protesting teachers had books in their hands, and some were holding lunch boxes and eating lunch. No one shouted slogans or held banners.

Most schools in the towns and villages cancelled classes……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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