Temporary teachers in Nepal are engaging in some innovative strategies to higlight their struggle to get the same pay as their permanent colleagues. Yesterday they padlocked the accounts department of the ministry of education in Katmandhu in protest at their treatment. They have also been staging an occupation in the education offices.

All other government employees, including people employed on a temporary basis in the civil service have been given a 10% pay rise. Only contract teachers have been left out, of whom there are 50,000 in the country. They are also being refused uniform allowances. And of course the lack of a permanent contract also means that the teachers face penury on retirement, having no pension rights.

The contract teachers have set up a union to fight for their rights: the Temporary Teachers Struggle Group. As well as the action of padlocking the finance offices, the group has also organised a relay hunger strike which has been ongoing for 280 days.

As in many countries in the global South, the World Bank promoted practice of employing teachers on a temporary basis in order to both save money and control teachers, is endemic in Nepal. Not a single permanent higher secondary school post has been granted. The level of contract teachers can also be guaged by the fact that the majority of schools have been closed in the country as a result of the teachers' action.

Nepalese contract teachers have been fighting for years for justice. The failure to treat them fairly is having a devastating effect both on them and on education in the country. They deserve global support.