The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Akwa Ibom State chapter, has called off its one week industrial action, which commenced on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
It, therefore, called on public school teachers to resume academic activities from Monday, March 21, 2022.
In a statement tagged, “Suspension of Strike” jointly signed by the State Chairman and the Senior State Secretary of NUT, Comrade Edet Emenyi and Comrade Victor Amirize respectively, the union said the suspension of strike was at the wake of agreement reached between state government and leadership of the union on Thursday.
According to the statement “The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Akwa Ibom State wing hereby suspend its industrial action earlier declared against the Akwa Ibom State government from midnight of Tuesday 15th March, 2022.
“This is sequel to negotiation between the government team led by His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel and the leadership of the NUT led by Comrade Edet Emenyi on the 17th day of March 2022.
“These understandings were arrived: The immediate commencement of payments of leave grant for 2017 and 2018, immediate commencement of payments of one month minimum wage arrears to primary Schools teachers.”
The Union said both parties also agreed on the appointment of a committee comprising NUT, NLC, government representatives to dialogue on the template for instalmental payment of 2019, 2020, and 2021 leave grants to primary schools teachers.
Others include payment of promotion arrears for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 to primary schools teachers, immediate commencement of 2019, 2020, 2021 promotion exercise to teachers and payment of 7.5percent contributory pension refunds to teachers as soon as records are reconciled and other issues listed in the strike bulletin.
The union, however, appreciated teachers, parents and students for their understanding thus far even as it prayed the government would keep its side of the bargain.