EDO TEACHERS THREATEN STRIKE ACTION

Written by on November 30, 2020

EDO STATE CHAPTER OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF TEACHERS (NUT) HAS THREATENED TO EMBARK ON STRIKE IF THE STATE GOVERNMENT FAILS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING WELFARE ALLOWANCES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE.

THE TEACHERS, IN A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE STATE GOVERNOR GODWIN OBASEKI, DATED NOVEMBER 23, 2020, AND MADE AVAILABLE TO JOURNALISTS IN BENIN-CITY, SAID FAILURE BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO FULFILL THEIR PENDING DEMANDS MAY LIKELY RESULT TO INDUSTRIAL DISHARMONY IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR.

THE LETTER, WHICH WAS SIGNED BY THE STATE CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY OF THE UNION, PIUS OKHUELEIGBE AND MIKE MONI MODESTY ITUA RESPECTIVELY, NOTED THAT PENDING ISSUES OF TEACHERS’ WELFARE AND CONDITION OF SERVICE DISCUSSED AND DECIDED WITH OBASEKI ON JULY 17, 2020, WERE YET TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT.

THE LETTER FURTHER DISCLOSED, HOWEVER, THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNION IS SEEKING AN AUDIENCE WITH THE STATE GOVERNOR ON DECEMBER 3 AND 4, 2020.

IT ADDED THAT THE MEETING WOULD GO A LONG WAY IN PROVIDING LASTING SOLUTIONS TO THE ISSUES RAISED AS WELL AS AVERT THE LOOMING INDUSTRIAL ACTION.

THEY LISTED THE SEVEN-POINT DEMANDS WHICH THE STATE GOVERNMENT WAS YET TO ADDRESS TO INCLUDE NON-PAYMENT AND INCOMPLETE PAYMENT OF 2013 TO 2015 PROMOTION ARREARS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN OREDO, ORHIONMWON AND UHUNWONDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS, AND THE NON- IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2016 TO 2018 PROMOTION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN PAYROLLS SINCE AUGUST 2020.

THE NUT EXPLAINED THAT THE TEACHERS WERE ALSO ALLEGEDLY DENIED THEIR ARREARS AS PER PROMOTION WHILE THOSE OMITTED FROM THE EXERCISE HAVE NOT BEEN CONSIDERED. OTHER DEMANDS ARE THE NON-RELEASE OF 2019 TEACHERS PROMOTIONS BY SUBEB FOR FOUR MONTHS AFTER THE STATE GOVERNOR’S APPROVAL-”THE NON-PAYMENT OF EDO-BEST TRAINING STIPENDS OF 2018 AND 2019 TO ABOUT TWO THOUSAND TEACHERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAMME


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