Striking Ogun teachers say government’s threats hold no water

The teachers have been on strike since June 3.

The striking teachers in Ogun State owned schools on Sunday declared that they are not bothered by threats from the state government aimed at intimidating and returning them to their classes.

The body under the Egba Divisional Council of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, made the declaration at a meeting held in Abeokuta to review the week old strike.

The aggrieved teachers, in a leaflet distributed after the meeting, called on all members to disregard all government threats’, pointing out that the state government is running away from genuine dialogue with the union.

“They (government) have never placed their cards on the table, let alone offered the NUT any position to discuss; so, our noble teachers, please stay away from schools, shun classrooms, stay off school premises. No 27.5 per cent no resumption. Aluta continua, Victoria Aserta,” the leaflet read.

The teachers further dispelled speculation that the ranks of the union has been broken, emphasising that the body remains an indivisible family under the mother union.

‘Our destiny is in our hands. Grab it now. No one will fight for you but you yourself,” the union told its members.

The teachers embarked on a strike on Monday, 3 June to protest the non-payment of their “peculiar allowance” which comes as a 27.5 percent increase in their basic salary. An agreement to effect the increase was signed between the state government and the teachers in August 2008. However, the allowance was paid only between January 2010 and January 2011 before it was abruptly stopped.

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