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Teachers threaten indefinite strike over 30,000 minimum wage

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers has threatened to commence an indefinite strike in public primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa over the N30,000 minimum wage and promotion arrears.

The union took the decision at an executive meeting on October 12, after an earlier three-day warning strike failed to compel the Bayelsa government to act.

The teachers had given a 14-day ultimatum to the government and local councils to address the plight of teachers across the state or face industrial action.

The grievances, according to the NUT, include the inability of both state and local governments to implement the N30,000 minimum wage and effect promotion of primary school teachers in the state.

The union said tutors were met with untold hardships due to the non-payment of promotion arrears.

NUT expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s continuous negligence of the plight of teachers who played critical roles in the state, in spite of engaging them at different forums in futility.

The union said the attitude of the government had brought nothing but humiliation and frustration to primary and secondary school tutors in the state.

It said the 14-day ultimatum took effect on October 13, after failure to address the issues within the limit of the ultimatum would force teachers in the state to go on strike.

The eight local government branches that make up NUT in Bayelsa ratified the strike notice.

Signatories to the communiqué after the meeting included chairmen of LG branches of the union.

Meanwhile, Dr. Gentle Emelah, Bayelsa Commissioner for Education, declined comments when contacted, as he did not respond to telephone calls and messages requesting the government’s clarification.

Bayelsa vacated on August 29 due to an expected flood and is slated to resume on November 13.

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