Cross River teachers begin strike over salary arrears

By Samuel Ita, Uyo

Primary school teachers in Cross River State have resolved to commence industrial action over non-payment of their four months salary arrears by the state government.

The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, on Thursday directed its members to stay at home pending when salaries would be paid.

In a circular tagged ‘Bulletin 1’, pasted at the entrance of primary schools within Calabar, the state capital on Thursday, the NUT directed its members to stay at home pending until they get at least, two months’ salary.

“In view of the non-payment of salaries to our members in the primary schools now for the fourth month running, the financial embarrassment of our members not being able to provide for the basic necessities of life and no means of transporting themselves to work

“The union, in her emergency standing committee meeting of 9th September, 2016, resolved that the state government should postpone the resumption of schools to a later date to enable salaries for at least, two months be paid to our primary school members.

“Our members are please solicited to show understanding with the state government and remain at home pending when our primary school members are  paid, because injury to one is injury to all”, the circular read in part.

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