Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lagos teachers to begin strike next week

Secretary, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Momodu Braimah, on Wednesday said that the union would embark on an indefinite strike beginning from Monday, Sept. 24.

Braimah said this in Lagos adding that there was no alternative to the action.

``There is no going back, we still stand on our grounds of 27.5 per cent or we remain at home come Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, `` he said.

Braimah said that directives to that effect had already been sent out, saying that there would be no cancellation, except the government listened to their demands.

The secretary said that the union had given government several opportunities to guard against the strike but to no avail.

``We have given the government some time to act but they have paid a deaf ear; so, we have exhausted all peaceful means,`` he said.

In his reaction, the NUT Chairman, Mr Samson Idowu, said that the teachers were only paid nine per cent of the allowance which was approved in 2008.

``Lagos State has only implemented 9 per cent of the 27.5 per cent teachers' allowance approved since 2008 ,which 17 states have implemented.

Idowu said that the union would convey a final congress on Thursday to herald the strike.

Source: News Wires

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