By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—The ongoing industrial action by organised labour in Benue State may have run into a hitch following the decision of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, to pull out of the action.
When Vanguard visited some of the primary schools in Makurdi, the state capital, yesterday, it was discovered that the teachers were at their duty posts.
Speaking on the position of the NUT on the ongoing strike, state chairman of the union, Godwin Anya said the union had not joined the ongoing action by the NLC because the congress abandoned them to their fate during the minimum wage struggle with state government.
Anya said: “You remember that for over eight months that our strike lasted, the NLC did not do anything to support us; they abandoned us to our fate, just because government slashed workers’ salaries to add to our members’ they now embarked on strike. For now, we are not ready to join them but we are trying to see the leadership of NLC concerning the issue but to be sincere, we are disappointed in the mother union on how they abandoned us during our trials. This (minimum wage) is what they have been enjoying for over three years now but which was just implemented in June for primary school teachers.”
Anya said teachers were concertedly working hard to meet up with the new academic calendar that was recently rolled out by the state ministry of education to regain lost time during the prolonged teachers’ strike.
The Benue state council of the NLC last week directed all workers to down tools and began an indefinitely over perceived deductions in their monthly salaries by the government to augment the salaries of aggrieved primary school teachers.