The State wing of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), has given directives to it members to commence an indefinite strike to start today Monday the 8th of January, the strike which is as a result of the Sacking by the state Governor of 21,780 public school teachers in the state.
The Unions Assistant Secretary-General Mr Adamu Anglo, signed this in a notice of strike on 4th January 2018. This is according to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The Notice which circulated to all the union executives in the 23 local government areas of the state, indicated that a two weeks ultimatum was earlier issued to the state government to reverse its decision.
The state government had begun to issue sack letters to the affected teachers after the Christmas and New Year Holidays and this according to the Union was why the decision was taken to begin the strike.
“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, dated Nov. 3rd, 2017.
“We, therefore, met on January 4th, 2018 and unanimously resolved to embark on indefinite strike action on Monday 8.”
Other issues which the Union want to be resolved were highlighted in the Notice, they include the compulsory retirement of secondary school teachers before their due date as against the 35 years of service 60 years of age provided by the Civil Service Rules.
Other issues include non-payment of 2015 leave transport grant to 3,338 primary school teachers as well as 2016/2017 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 of some teachers, while others are underpaid.
It stressed that the state government has also failed to promote them and provide teaching and learning materials to schools among others.