Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Bayelsa State, on Monday commenced an indefinite industrial action to convene their grievances on non-payment of N18,000 minimum wage arrears to members in the state.
This was revealed in a signed and issued statement to newsmen on Monday by the Chairman of the Union in the state, Mr Kala-Ama John, and the Secretary, Mr Johnson Hector.
According to the statement, the strike took effect after the expiration of 21 days ultimatum given to the state government in July and additional 7 days ultimatum on Sept. 12.
It was gathered that the strike had led to return of students of both primary and secondary schools to their houses.
It was also stated in the statement that the industrial action was due to the government’s inability to address the grievances over non-payment of N18,000 minimum wage arrears to both secondary and primary schools teachers.
“Also, we are aggrieved over non-payment of the backlog of salary arrears ranging from three and a half to seven and a half months to primary school teachers since 2013.
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“We also observed acute shortage of teachers in both primary and secondary schools, non-provision of instructional materials to schools since September 2018 till date and other lingering issues confronting the education system in the state.
“Consequently, the national body of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has filed a trade dispute with Bayelsa government on Sept. 6, 2019,” he said.
It added that “until the outstanding salary arrears are paid completely to both secondary and primary schools teachers, they should not resume work as schools re-open on Sept. 23.
“Accordingly, the state wing executive council of the union hereby directs all primary and secondary school teachers in Bayelsa state to stay away from classes with the immediate effect from Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, until otherwise directed,” it stated.