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NUT threatens strike over unpaid allowance

16 August 2012, 16:35

Abuja - The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday issued a September deadline for defaulting states to pay the 27.5 per cent allowance to their members or face an indefinite strike.

The National President of union, Mr Michael Olukoya, gave the deadline in Abuja.

Olukoya said that the union had resolved that the affected states would proceed on strike if nothing was done at the expiration of the deadline.

According to him, the struggle for the Teachers Special Allowance started since 2008, ``and at the last count, 17 states have yet to comply with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

``And this was what informed the NUT to call for a meeting, where we resolved that the states affected will proceed on strike on the assumption of the new academic session in September.''

Olukoya said the proposed two weeks ultimatum earlier planned for defaulting state governments on July 10 was not carried out due to the intervention of the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i.

He said that the minister had promised to speak to the affected state governors to ensure that the allowances were paid.

He added that the strike earlier declared in July was postponed due to the fact that students across the country were writing their promotion examination.

``So, the union felt it is considerate that the strike should be put on hold to give room for the states that have yet to pay to have an ample time of opportunity to do so.

``But if they fail to go ahead without the implementation, come September, the affected states will proceed on strike,'' he said.

He, however, said that some state governors were insisting that their teachers should undergo a competence test.

Olukoya said that the union as a body had no argument over its members undergoing a competence test, but that it should not be anti-labour or punitive.

``We will support any test that our various governments conduct not with the aim of downsizing our members,'' he added.



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