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|Teachers May End Strike Today by inspiredm(m): 12:26am On Jul 29, 2008|
The five-week old strike by the Nigeria Union of Teachers over the non-implementation of the new Teachers Salary Structure may be called off on Tuesday (today).
An indication to this effect emerged on Monday, after a meeting between the leaderships of the NUT and the Nigerian Labour Congress with the Governor’s Forum in Abuja.
The Chairman of the Forum, Dr. Bukola Saraki, told journalists after the meeting that lasted more than four hours, that the NUT leaders were expected to meet “within the 24 hours” to take a final decision on the matter.
Saraki, who read a statement issued at the end of the meeting, assured stakeholders that nobody would be victimised for taking part in the strike.
The Forum’s chairman blamed the strike on what he called, ”the military mentality of our people,” but promised that its end was in sight since both parties had expressed commitment to resolving the impasse.
A source close to the NUT told one of our correspondents that there was every likelihood that the strike would be called off on Tuesday(today).
He said, ”The meeting will definitely call off the strike tomorrow. I can assure you that we will resume normal academic activities on Wednesday.”
The NUT had insisted that the Federal Government should issue a circular on the payment of the TSS to serve as a benchmark for the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory to use in determining what to pay teachers employed by them.
Although the Federal Government said it would pay the TSS to those in its schools, it said it was not in a position to direct the states to adopt the structure as a minimum wage for their teachers.
When asked if the strike would be called off on Tuesday, the Acting President of the NUT, Mr. Nelson Onem, said, ”I cannot say until the NEC meets on Tuesday.”
He, however, said that the NUT position still remained that there should be salary increase for teachers.
The NUT chief added that the union was assured by the governors that the agreement reached at the meeting would be implemented in all the states and Abuja.
He said, “The governors have agreed to discuss with us, we are not here to discuss whether education is on the concurrent list or not.
“This is because it is the same constitution that gives the Federal Government powers to set minimum standards for salary and it is when it concerns teachers now that the Federal Government will talk about federalism because item 34 in the Constitution specifies that the Federal Government has to set standards and I can tell you that that includes minimum salary.”
Onem refused to be categorical on whether or not teachers were still expecting a circular from the Federal Government on their demand.
He said, ”If we are, then we would not be here. We are here because the governors have promised to intervene and they have said that they would talk to the Federal Government about the matter. Whatever process they want to use to intervene is okay by us.”
It was learnt that the meeting also agreed to set up a joint committee to negotiate the implementation of the TSS.
The committee, which has the Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, as its chairman, has the deputy governors of Osun and Ebonyi states as representatives of the governors.
Also listed as members of the committee are commissioners of education in Yobe, Kano, Nassarawa, Ekiti, Kwara, Imo and Akwa Ibom states.
The NUT will name its representatives after the Tuesday meeting.
On whether the negotiation would take into cognisance the ability of each state to pay, Onem said the NUT would not pre-empt the outcome of the talks as the governors had agreed to implement whatever decision was reached.
He said the outcome of the negotiation would be used as the benchmark by all the states and the FCT.
Also present at the meeting were Governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Alhaji Aliu Akwe (Nasarawa), Alhaji Mamman Ali (Yobe) and the deputy governor of Ebonyi State.
The teachers were represented by the NUT Secretary-General,Mr. Ikpe Obong; and the President of NLC, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar.
|Re: Teachers May End Strike Today by julius4lif(m): 3:49pm On Jul 29, 2008|
Looks like there is a new hope emerging for the NECO candidate who are waiting for the strike to end so they can start their exams
|Re: Teachers May End Strike Today by dejiman1: 10:28pm On Jul 29, 2008|
That's very good. But I think call off is just for the student to finish up there Examinations, what is the fate of the student sitting for NECO. This are some disadvantage of NECO.
I pray all goes well.
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