AMMAN — Thousands of the country’s teachers, engineers and other professionals will not go to work next week after their associations announced a strike starting on Sunday, in protest against the recent government decision to increase fuel prices.

The teachers, engineers and agricultural engineers associations issued a joint statement on Thursday calling on their members and supporters to refrain from going to work on Sunday.

In the statement, the associations expressed their “anger” over the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies, accusing it of taking the easiest option in dealing with the difficult economic situation facing the Kingdom.

Earlier this week, the government increased the prices of diesel, kerosene, 90-octane gasoline and cooking gas by between 15 and 53 per cent.

According to the professional associations, this is a new burden that citizens will not be able to bear, as they already suffer with low incomes and difficult living conditions compared to various regional countries.

The associations also urged their members and supporters to join the protests across the country to express their “rejection” of the government’s decision.

In addition, they called on their members to join a sit-in at the Professional Associations Complex in Amman on Sunday from 10:00am to 02:00pm.