Wave of wage strikes in Sudan continues, along with protests against violence and racism

Sudan is still experiencing a wave of protests and strikes in various parts of the country, mainly against violence and to demand better wages or the implementation of the salary structure promised for 2022.

In West Kordofan, medical workers from the Ministry of Health and Social Development began a four-day strike on Wednesday after the expiry of the deadline they had set for the implementation of the new 2022 salary structure. strike excludes emergency cases and patient care in hospital wards.

Employees of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Urban Development in West Kordofan state began a three-day strike on Tuesday. They are also calling for their salaries to be adjusted according to the new salary structure for 2022, which should have been put in place in January.

Sudan is witnessing various strikes and protests over the failure of the federal authorities to implement the wage structure promised for 2022, which increases wages amid rising inflation in Sudan. Although it is almost halfway through the year, many workers are still receiving their old salary instead of the 2022 salary increase.

Teachers strike

The Kassala Teachers’ Committee denounced “the low salaries of teachers in Kassala compared to the rest of the states and the salary gap between the different localities of Kassala”.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the committee also accused the state government of tampering with their rights and rejected the SDG 700 per hour set as pay for invigilating basic school final exams.

They also demanded the disbursement of other arrears, dating back to 2020 when the Ministry of Education announced it would double teachers’ salaries to make the profession more attractive.

In April, teachers in South Darfur and Sennar went on strike to demand the implementation of the new salary structure for 2022 and the disbursement of salary increases promised for 2020-2021.

The Sudanese Teachers’ Committee in the neighboring Red Sea state has also criticized the delay in paying bonuses for the check it carried out more than two weeks ago during the basic school exams. They plan to hold a vigil next Thursday in front of the Ministry of Education in Port Sudan to protest the late payment of their dues.

Abdelhamid Talib, head of the teachers’ committee, further told Radio Dabanga that its members categorically reject the formation of steering committees for the teachers’ union with teachers loyal to the coup regime. They saw this as a falsification of the will of the teachers.

He affirmed the committee’s alignment with the Sudanese people in the upcoming June 30 processions.

Most of the former unions were directly associated with the overthrown regime of Omar Al Bashir (1989-2019). They were dissolved in 2019 by the new Council of Ministers, led by former Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, as part of legal reforms aimed at dismantling the former dictatorial regime.

Earlier this month, 27 groups of workers held a vigil outside the offices of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Khartoum to protest against the plans of the military government that took power in the October 25 to restore the legitimacy of the unions set up by the overthrown regime of dictator Omar Al Bashir.

Vigil against police violence in El Kalaklat (social networks)

Demonstration against police violence

On Wednesday, members of El Kalaklat emergency lawyers held a protest vigil outside the locality offices of Jebel Awlia and submitted a memorandum calling for an end to ongoing police violence against activists and protesters in El Kalaklat, a densely populated district in the south-west of Khartoum.

Earlier this month, a young girl was killed in El Kalaklat, run over by a vehicle belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force. Coordination of resistance committees of El Kalaklat and South Khartoum said the police vehicle fled the scene immediately after the incident.

Protests against tribal violence

In Singa, the capital of Sennar, members of the Nuba Mountains Association held a vigil on Wednesday against tribal violence in Kassala and Lagawa and Kadugli in West and South Kordofan.

Allajabo Kitkar, one of the participants in the vigil, told Radio Dabanga that they held up banners denouncing racism and calling for peace and peaceful coexistence among all Sudanese.