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Teachers embark on indefinite strike over non-payment of minimum wage

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The Bayelsa Chapter of the Teachers’ Union of Nigeria (NUT) began an indefinite strike on Monday for failure to pay N18,000 arrears in the minimum wage to state members.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that This is contained in a statement signed and issued to journalists in Yenagoa on Monday by the President of the Union in the state, Mr. Kala-Ama John, and the Secretary, Mr. Johnson Hector.

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He said the strike went into effect after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum given to the state government in July and the new 7-day warning on September 12.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the strike directive has founded activities in the state’s primary and secondary schools, which are supposed to resume the first term on Monday.

According to the statement, the strike became essential given the inability of the state government to address complaints of non-payment of N18,000 arrears in the minimum wage to teachers in secondary and elementary schools.

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“Also, we are aggrieved by the lack of payment of the accumulation of salary arrears ranging from three and a half months to seven and a half months to primary school teachers since 2013.

“We also observed a severe shortage of teachers in primary and secondary schools, the non-provision of educational materials to schools from September 2018 to date, and other persistent problems facing the education system in the state.

“Consequently, the national agency of the Teachers Union of Nigeria filed a commercial dispute with the Bayelsa government on September 6, 2019,” he said.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He noted that the notice came with the directive that “until outstanding salary arrears are paid in full to secondary and elementary school teachers, they should not resume work when schools reopen on September 23.

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“Consequently, the executive council of the state wing union at this moment orders all elementary and secondary school teachers in the state of Bayelsa to stay away from classes with immediate effect from Friday, September 20, 2019, until otherwise indicated, “he said.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The effort to obtain the reaction of the State Commissioner of Education, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, was unsuccessful since he could not be contacted at the time of this report.