University teachers threaten strike over pending demands

Teachers and their technical assistants working in all Ethiopian universities have written a letter to the Ministry of Education and the House of People’s Representatives announcing that they will go on strike for an indefinite period of time starting 4 December 2022, writes Biruk Alemu for Addis Standard.

The letter says the university instructors’ demands for improvement on starting salary, getting tax-free house rents, improvement on the amount of third-degree research funds, overtime payments and other benefits have been ignored by the government.

Tilahun Rega, an instructor at Woldia University, said it is not possible to cope with the high cost of living in the country due to the low salary of university instructors. He said that the net salary of an instructor with a postgraduate degree is only ETB8,500 (US$159).
Full report on the Addis Standard site