The public primary school teachers in Oyo State yesterday commenced an indefinite strike to press home their demand in the area of delay in salaries payment, delay in promotion and other professional request.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Oyo State wing, Comrade Samson Adedoyin said the strike became necessary due to the inability of the state government to meet demands of the union.
It could be recalled that the NUT had last week, issued a 72-hour ultimatum to Oyo state government to clear and settle the backlogs of salaries and other emmonument owed its members.
The union while lamenting over unpaid salaries of primary school teachers, gave the state government 72 hours notice or go on indefinite strike if the situation is not reversed.
The union lamented over complementary allowances of promotions of the teachers.
NUT listed issues worrying the members of the union as non-implementation of the approval and accompany promotion benefits to the primary school teachers by the Oyo State Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC).
Others are delay in payment of salary to primary school teachers, delay in the promotion of grade level 14 to 15, continued withholding of 2018 leave grant and delay in the clearance of teachers allegedly accused of illegal promotion.
It was however gathered that the state government invited the leaders of the union to a parley on May 15 but no deal was reached.
The NUT acknowledged that its leadership met with the state Head of Service and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on May 15 during which both government functionaries made passionate appeal to them to shelve the proposed strike.
The union however stated that the appeal of the state government could not change anything because none of their demands was met.
Monitoring the strike, it was gathered that pupils in Ibadan, the state capital were sent out on Monday by the teachers in conformity with the industrial action as most of the gates of the schools visited were shut against the pupils.
The schools included Sasa Community Primary School, where pupils were seen sent back home by the teachers.
At Methodist N5 Primary School, NTA Road, Agodi, the gate of the school was shut against the pupils.
Adedoyin while speaking with journalists stressed that the strike will not be called off until the government meet the demands of the primary school teachers in the state.
Adedoyin while confirming the strike maintaining that the action can only be called off when the government is ready.
According to him, “It is when the government is ready to meet our demands. It all depends on the government.
“If the government is ready to meet our demands, we are ready to suspend the strike”