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Abia teachers suspend 3-week strike

23 January 2014, 20:14

Umuahia - The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abia on Wednesday called off its three-week strike after negotiation with the state government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that officials of the union declined comments on the outcome of the negotiation with the government.

One of the officials who pleaded anonymity, however, told NAN that the zonal heads of the union were asked to brief their members about the resumption of schools for the second term.

When contacted on phone for his reaction, the Chairman of the NUT in the state, Enoch Omeoga, declined comments.

“I cannot talk now. I am on my way to Abuja,” Omeoga said.

Meanwhile, the state ministry of education has issued a statement urging the teachers and students to return to classes.

"The state ministry of education will monitor the resumption across the state. Teachers and students have been advised to return to classes immediately," it said.

Members of the union embarked on a strike on January 6 following the government’s failure to pay their four years arrears of leave allowances.

The teachers are also protesting the non-payment of the arrears of the minimum wage to secondary school teachers and the balance of same to primary school teachers.

Other demands by the union include the implementation of the Teachers’ Salary Structure (TSS) in the state.


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