By Ola Ajayi
AS the strike by members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Oyo State chapter, enters eight weeks, a meeting between the state government and the union to broker truce has deadlocked.
The stalemate came because both parties could not reach consensus on the time for the implementation of the 27.5 per cent salary increase.
The government is saying it would not pay the teachers for the month of July, but the teachers are saying they insisting they must be paid for the said month.
The Acting State Secretary of the NUT, Mr. Siyanbade Waheed Olojede, who disclosed this to journalists, declared that that the union would not go back on its demand.
He said: “We are saying that the implementation of the new pay should commence on the 1st of July this year while the government is insisting that it would not pay us for the month of July because we did not work, hence, it is insisting that the new pay would take off in September.
â€˜We have explained to the government that there is no way we would not be paid for the month of July because, the strike commenced exactly three weeks to the commencement of long vacation and we are saying that we are ready to go back to work immediately now which is three weeks to the end of the vacation to make up for the lost time.”
â€˜It was on that basis that we insisted that we would not go back to work until we got the assurance that our July salary would be paid alongside that of June which was already due before the commencement of the strike but which the government failed to pay.
Various groups including religious and opposition parties have warned that the state government should take caution and consider the future of thousands of students across the state.