Umuahia - The Abia chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has suspended its eight-day-old strike embarked by its members to press for the implementation of Teachers’ Enhanced Salary Structure (TSS).
Enoch Omeoga, the state Chairman of the union, announced this at a news briefing on Monday in Umuahia.
He directed teachers in the state to resume work on Tuesday May 7, noting that the suspension followed the intervention of Gov. Theodore Orji.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that teachers in public primary and secondary schools had refused to resume for the third term on April 29.
Omeoga said that the union directed its members not to resume duties following government’s refusal to implement an agreement on the payment of TSS from January.
``The state NUT entered into agreement with His Excellency that payment of TSS will commence from January, 2013.
``We know His Excellency as one who keeps his words; members were patient even when we are owed three months salary arrears in anticipation that anytime the money is paid, TSS will be part of it.
``It was a surprise to the union that January and February salary arrears were released without the TSS and that made the union to commence the strike,’’ he said.
Omeoga told journalists that the union insisted on the strike because it knew that those who refused to pay the TSS were acting against the governor’s directive.
``His Excellency was not in the country when the two months salary arrears was released without the TSS, and that is why we decided to insist that the right thing must be done,’’ he said.
On non-inclusion of secondary school teachers in the payment of minimum wage, Omeoga said the issue would be the next line of action the union intended to handle with the government.
He said it was only primary school teachers that had so far received part of the arrears, noting that teachers in secondary section were yet to benefit from the N2,100 minimum wage.