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Teachers in Akwa Ibom begin indefinite strike

19/01/2015 15:47

The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, has begun an indefinite strike over non-payment of teachers’ salaries in the state.


The teachers began the strike on Monday. They vowed not go back to classes until the state government fulfilled the agreement it reached with them in concrete terms.


The circular, which was signed by Dr. Mike Ike-Ene, the Union’s Secretary, authorized the industrial action.


Marked NUT/AKSW/SWEC.13/Vol./70, the circular indicated that the union proceeded on the strike following the breach of agreement earlier reached between the Akwa Ibom State Government and the union.


It said, “The teachers of Akwa Ibom State have resolved that failure to address all the issues already negotiated and agreement reached in concrete terms will not make the teachers to report for work.


“All appeals by the union to make State Universal Basic Education to clear the backlog of the arrears of promotion owed primary school teachers in the state have proved abortive.


“Teachers in the primary schools system have not been paid their leave grants since 2012,” the union alleged.


The circular, however, decried the non-payment of promotion arrears since 2009 to date to members in primary schools by the state government.


The union in the circular also alleged that pensions and gratuities due to the primary school teachers in the state and their 2014 December salaries had not been paid.

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