Teachers in Tunisia are part of a large protest movement against cuts and price rises.

The government in Tunisia, a continuation of the Ennahda government which came to power as a result of the revolution at the beginning of 2011, is busy stitching up a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan of $1.78 billion. The loan comes as always with strings or ‘conditionalities’ which will involve the removal of fuel subsidies and increasing VAT as well as cuts in the public sector – adding to already spiralling inflation and poverty problems.

Different sectors are taking strike action against the moves including taxi drivers, teachers and petrol station owners. On the day the new Ennahda government was sworn in earlier this month, yet another young person burned himself to death in despair about unemployment – joblessness amongst young people is as high as 40% in some parts of the country.

Teachers have been in the -4043">forefront of the struggle for decent living standards, for democracy and for public education, and have been subject to brutal treatment and arrests from the security forces. Meanwhile the IMF is doing its best to secure the country for further neo-liberal reform even as the people suffer.