Bayelsa teachers threaten strike over unpaid salaries

Posted by Mike Odiegwu | 30 April 2017 | 1,932 times

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The Bayelsa State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Saturday, threatened to commence a three-day warning strike from May 2nd over unpaid nine and half month salaries.

The NUT in a communique signed by its Chairman, Kala-Ama Tonpre and Secretary, Johnson Hector, said it took the decision after its Executive Council meeting.

The union said it also resolved that the state government should urgently pay the monthly full salaries it owed primary school teachers to bring them at par with other civil servants in the state.

NUT also called on the government to take over the funding and management of primary education without attaching conditions to it.

The union further asked the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Post Primary Schools Board to implement the 2013 and 2015 promotions and to conduct the 2016 exercise without delay.

It appealed to the government to involve other banks in the payment of secondary school teachers’ salaries instead of allowing only the Sterling bank to conduct the transactions.

The union also urged the government to take care of the cost of bank transaction to reduce excess deductions on its members’ accounts.

NUT implored the government to fill vacancies created by retired and deceased teachers by employing qualified personnel adding that government should begin the payment of N18,000 minimum wage arrears to teachers. (The Nation)

Source: News Express

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