Hundreds of teachers went on strike at two middle schools in Jinan, Shandong province this Monday to demand for higher pay.
Some of the teachers have been working at the schools for eight consecutive years without a pay raise, according to People’s Daily, citing sdnews.com.cn, but a deduction of monthly subsidies it what ultimately triggered the protests.
Teachers enjoy a monthly subsidy of 500 yuan on average in Ji’nan, but they haven’t been receiving the money since 2014, according to a teacher who wished to remain anonymous.
One of the teachers said it was not about the money, they are demanding justice and what’s rightfully theirs.
Another teacher said they were determined to exert their stance as long as the problems remain unsolved.
Students were given free periods while their teachers were out fighting the man, although teachers made up classes after school hours, according to the report.
In November, around 8,000 teachers working at elementary schools and middle schools in Heilongjiang province went on strike, likewise calling for a raise in their monthly salaries, which they claimed were around 1,000 yuan less than the national average.
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