BY MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
National Union of Teachers, NUT, Lagos Chapter, yesterday suspended its indefinite strike embarked upon over the non-payment of the 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Scale, TSS.
The teachers instead of resuming for work on Monday, the first day of the new academic year, embarked on an indefinite strike to demand for immediate payment of the new salary scale.
After a meeting which commenced at about 5:00 p.m. yesterday and held behind closed doors between officials of the NUT and the delegation from the Lagos State Government, the call off of the strike was announced.
The state government team which was led by the Governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, also had in attendance the Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pension: Mrs. Florence Oguntuase, Commissioner for Education: Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, the state Head of Service, HoS, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe.
The NUT officials, who came in their large number to the meeting, were led by the state Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu.
Speaking after the meeting, Idowu said “the state council of the NUT has met after the meeting and we have agreed that the strike should be suspended immediately. And that we should all return to work tomorrow (September 26, 2012)”
On the reason why they suspended the strike despite government not meeting their demands, Idowu said; “the Governor has intervened and has assured us that our TSS will be included in the 2013 budget.
“During the meeting, the Governor appealed to us passionately that we should return to work.”