General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT)
GENERAL UNION OF PALESTINIAN TEACHERS (GUPT)
The quasi-official Palestinian teachers' union, headquartered in Ramallah. Like the other Palestinian General Unions, it is part of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and is represented on the PLO's governing body, the Palestine National Council. Like all such officially sponsored civic organizations, its primary focus is the Palestinian national struggle. It is affiliated with the international organization Education International in Brussels and maintains relations with teachers' unions around the world. The GUPT works with refugees in camps in and out of Palestine. It is the largest Palestinian teachers' organization, but independent teachers' unions not under control of the Palestine Authority (PA) do exist, and their relationship with the PA has been extremely contentious.