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Large-scale Teachers' Strike in Inner Mongolia

Dec 30, 2008
The Epoch Times
By Gu Qinger


Teacher's strike in China. (web photo)



A large-scale teachers’ strike has occurred in Inner Mongolia, following a recent wave of nationwide teachers’ strikes, demanding salary increases from local authorities.

On December 16 teachers at all high schools in Aohanqi County, Chifeng City of Inner Mongolia went on strike because they receive much lower salary than civil servants.

Chifeng teachers demanded local authorities to follow China’s Teachers Law and raise teachers’ salaries to the level of local civil servants.

According to local teachers, civil servants earn 35,000 yuan (US$5,123) in annual salary, while teachers’ average salary is only 15,000 yuan ($2,196).

A teacher named Wu said that the salary for civil servants, teachers at primary schools and junior middle schools had just been raised but there has been no salary increase for high school teachers, which led to those teachers’ complaints.

A reader wrote to The Epoch Times saying that the teachers at Xinhui Middle School in Aohanqi have been on strike for ten days but nothing has as yet been heard from the local authorities.

An Epoch Times reporter made several phone calls to the Xinhui school, but whichever teacher answered there hung up on the reporter. When the reporter then called the Chifeng Bureau of Education to ask about the teachers’ appeals, one staff member there said, “The Bureau of Education doesn’t have the right to take care of this matter; it is the government’s responsibility.”

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