Nigeria Union of Teachers, Lagos State branch, on Thursday said it would join the NUT strike to protest against the non-payment of the 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Scale by some states.
The state NUT chairman, Mr. Samson Idowu, said although public schools in the state were expected to resume on Monday, teachers in the state would not return to classes.
He explained that the protest against the non- payment 27 per cent TSS was too important to be abandoned and that it was in line with the directive of its national body.
Idowu added that since the strike was in line with the directive of the national body of the union, the state body would not flout it.
The NUT chairman, who spoke to journalists on the telephone after an emergency congress of the union, said the action would be indefinite.
He said, “The national body of Nigeria Union of Teachers has directed that the strike should commence in states of the federation that have yet to implement the 27.5 per cent TSS for primary and secondary school teachers.
“It is unfortunate that the teachers in the state are being paid only nine per cent of the allowance approved in 2008.
“We have given the state government enough time to act, but they have continued use delay tactics. We have exhausted all peaceful means.”
Meanwhile, our correspondent gathered that the government had ordered head teachers and principals in the state to make sure teachers working with them resume on Monday.
It was learnt that some of them had called pre-resumption meetings in their schools.
Sources told our correspondent that the head teachers as well as principals had been persuading the teachers to pitch their tents with the government.
One of them said, “Our principal told us that the government has put all machinery in motion to pay. But he could not tell us whether it is this year or next year.
“For now, we are aligning with NUT.”