The government of Oman - a country which is ruled by an absolute monarchy - is planning to take legal action against hundreds of teachers who have been on strike for three weeks in the country. Teaching is characterised as a national service in the country, so teachers are told that it is illegal to go on strike. One of their main demands is the democratic right to form a union. At present their strike is being organised without the benefit of a union organisation, which makes the figure of 70% of schools affected by the strike all the more impressive.

As well as increased salaries, the teachers are asking for improved conditions in the schools, including smaller class sizes and improved facilities. Most importantly, however the teachers are fighting for their democratic rights in a profoundly undemocratic country, which needless to say is an ally of those great 'champions of democracy', the US and the UK.