University professors in the Houthi-controlled northern Yemen region are threatening to go on strike as of October, disrupting the new academic year. The syndicate representing the professors says they have not received their wages for the past five years.
In a statement, the Supreme Council for Coordination between Syndicates of Faculty Members at Yemen’s public universities said that “in the event that government agencies do not rush to address the imbalances in the educational process and the status of faculty members’ rights in terms of salaries, settlements and additions, they will start an ascending path that will end with a comprehensive strike.”
“All faculty members and their assistants in eight universities in northern Yemen have not been receiving their salaries for more than five years,” said an official of a faculty syndicate at a university in northern Yemen. The official asked to remain anonymous out of fear for his personal safety, explaining that a number of Yemeni academics have been killed after speaking out.