ABAKALIKI – Ebonyi State chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, yesterday, gave the state government two weeks to conclude negotiations on payment of 27.5 percent salary increment to teachers in the state or face strike.
The national executive of the NUT had directed 11 states’ chapters of the union, including Ebonyi State, to commence an indefinite strike over the non-payment of 27.5 percent “Teachers’ Peculiar Allowance” to teachers in the country.
The affected states, according to NUT national leadership are, Benue, Cross River, Bornu, Ekiti, Ogun, Ebonyi, Edo, Kogi, Niger, Zamfara and Sokoto.
In a statement by the State Chairman, NUT, Comrade Nweke Joseph, State President, ANCOPSS, Comrade Nwalo Peter, State Chairman, AOPSHON, Comrade Opoke Ephraim and Principal State Secretary, Comrade Ikpitibo Clinton at the end of an emergency meeting in Abakaliki, the union appealed to teachers in public primary and secondary schools across the state to go about their normal duties and await further directives from them.
It read in part: “In consultation with the national head of the union, that the ongoing strike in non-compliant states be put on hold for the time beingin Ebonyi State, pending the outcome of the negotiation, and accordingly gave a two-week grace for the state government and NUT leadership in the state to conclude the negotiation, otherwise, teachers in the state would be left with no other alternative but to join the sit-at-home strike.
“We appreciate EbonyiState government for causing special allowances to be paid to teachers in the state for some months, but wondered why the payment was eventually withdrawn by the state government in November 2011.
“We urged the state government to consider restoring the payment to avoid industrial action which has already commenced in similar states where the special allowances are not paid.”