Teachers Striking in Nepal in 2009 Teachers in Chitwan, Nepal, are on strike in their struggle for a living wage The teachers, who work in 160 private schools in the area are getting as little as $70 a month in salary - nowhere near enough for survival. The teachers are members of the Institutional School Teachers Union (ISTU). Their employers had promised to satisfy their demands within 15 days but had failed to do so. So all the private schools are shut until the teachers' demand for a living wage is met. The teachers are demanding parity with teachers in state schools who are still badly paid - but whose pay is about three times as high as those in Chitwan private schools.