Why We Can’t Call Off Secondary, Primary School Teachers’ Strike – Delta NUT

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, today declared that only its Delta State Wing Executive Council, SWEC, can call off or suspend the strike action embarked upon by secondary and primary school teachers.

The Warri South Local Government NUT Chairman, Comrade Ikuejawa Ishmael made the declaration during a press conference today in Warri, Delta State.

Ikuejawa wondered why teachers were being owed salaries for several months, yet political appointees get paid as at when due.

President of Delta State Chapter of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, President,Brisibe Ebipade Mark stated that the decision to call off the ongoing strike action rests squarely on the State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT and not its members.

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Mark noted that secondary school teachers are not ANCOPSS members but NUT.

In a chat with newsmen,Mark explained that by virtue of their positions as school principals, they are always on their duty posts to render skeletal services during strike action.

The body noted that for the, “avoidance of any doubt, issues such as non-implementation of promotion arrears, inter-cadre transfers and non-payment of pensions to retirees for five years running affect secondary schools /technical schools.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa had on Saturday, March 18 in a press statement, directed members of ANCOPSS to ensure that secondary school teachers resume work from Monday, March 20, threatening to invoke the “no work, no pay policy.”

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SWEC had on Thursday, March 9, 2017 resumed its suspended strike action over the non-implementation of its 10-point demands.

The demands include: Non-implementation of monthly salaries to primary school teachers as at when due, decision by JAAC to reduce primary school teachers’ monthly salaries to 81%, non-implementation of teachers ‘ promotions by PPEB and SUBEB as well as non-payment of promotion arrears of primary and secondary school teachers.

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