Teachers in the Kurdish region of Iraq are striking again against non-payment of salaries. The teachers are still owed salaries from as far back as last September.

The strike, which started on Tuesday, was precipitated by the government's decision to pay half salaries. There was a strike last term over the same issue.

The government says that the region is suffering from a drop in the price of oil and the cost of the war against ISIL forces but protesters point out that the Kurdistan government is selling oil and yet still they do not pay the salaries of public servants. As is so often the case, teachers and other public servants are expected to make up the purported budget shortfall - in this case by receiving no money for many  months. The teachers are also coping with a huge influx of 1.8 million refugees from the war in Syria and from other parts of Iraq.