Ignore Gov's Sack Threat —NUT

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The Edo chapter of NUT has urged its members to ignore the threat by the state government to sack teachers if they fail to resume work by Friday, July 29.

Teachers of public schools in the state have been on strike since July 19 over their exclusion from the payment of the N18,000 minimum wage.

The union said in a statement in Benin on Wednesday that teachers should remain at home till they received other directives from their leaders.

“The union wishes to advise that all teachers should continue to remain at home until our demands are met, as strike action is a lawful instrument in industrial relations.”

The release, signed by Messrs. Patrick Ikosimi and Joe Iyalekhue, chairman and assistant secretary respectively, thanked NLC, TUC and Joint Negotiation Council for their solidarity on the matter.

However, the government in a statement, signed by Mr. Ekpenisi Omorotionmwan, the Commissioner for Education, accused the teachers of hurriedly embarking on strike.

He said government made it clear during the signing of the agreement that any aggrieved sector should present its case.

The commissioner said that non-teaching staff of post-primary education board and judicial workers had made cases in line with the agreement.

He said instead of following the same path, NUT resorted to strike.

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