The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), has instructed her member to commence an indefinite strike on Monday, Jan. 8, over the sack of 21,780 primary school teachers of public schools in the state.
This was contained in a notice of strike dated Jan. 4, 2018, which was signed by Adamu Anglo the union’s Assistant Secretary General, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Sunday.
NAN reports that teachers who were sacked for allegedly failing to score 75 per cent pass mark of the competency test organized by the state government back in June 2017.
This circular was circulated to all the union executives in all the local government areas of the state indicated that an earlier two weeks ultimatum was issued to the state government to reverse her decision.
According to the union, the decision has become imperative after the state government began issuing termination letters to the affected teachers after the Yuletide period.
“As a responsible union, we ventilated our grievances before the National Industrial Court, Kaduna, and the court on Dec. 4, 2017, granted an interlocutory injunction, restraining the state government from disengaging any teacher pending the determination of the case.
“The court order was served to Gov Nasir El-Rufai, but surprisingly, he went on to order the distribution of letters of disengagement to the affected teachers, dated Nov. 3rd, 2017.
“We, therefore, met on January 4th, 2018 and unanimously resolved to embark on indefinite strike action on Monday 8.”
The notice also stressed other unresolved issues with the state government, such as compulsory retirement of secondary school teachers before their due date as against the 35 years of service or 60 years of age provided by civil service rules.
Other issues include nonpayment of 2015 leave transport grant to 3,338 primary school teachers, as well as 2016 and 2017 leave transport grant to all public school teachers despite deductions at source.
The teachers are also asking for payment of salary arrears of more than 15,000 primary school teachers of one to 12 months from June 2015 to July 2016.
The NUT also said the government has failed pay the salaries to some teachers, while others are under payed.
It stressed that the state government has also failed to promote teachers and provide teaching and learning materials to schools among others.