Delta - The Delta State Branch of the Nigerian Union of Teachers has directed its members to continue its ongoing indefinitely strike until the union's demands are met.
The directive is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the union's extra-ordinary emergency meeting, held in Asaba on Thursday.
The communiqué, jointly signed by the union’s chairman, Mr Emmanuel Adhe, secretary, Mr Joe Iyalekhue and publicity secretary, Mr Friday Umurhurhu respectively, said the union rejected government’s proposal on the resolution of the problem.
It noted, however, that the meeting had expressed the union's readiness to suspend the strike on the condition of an immediate restoration of the 27.5 per cent Teachers Professional Allowance (TPA) with effect from October.
The statement said that promotion of teachers should be carried out unconditionally in line with the rules of unified teaching service and not public service rules.
It said the meeting viewed the introduction of public service rules as a ploy to frustrate the promotion of university graduate teachers in primary schools beyond salary grade level 14 and their secondary schools counterparts beyond grade level 16.
The statement said that staff audit should be carried out by the State Government, adding that it should not be used as a condition for immediate restoration of the TPA and promotion of teachers in the state.
It stated that the arrears of the approved consolidated salary structure and the arrears of the minimum wage be paid in full to primary school teachers without further delay.