The Non-academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Bayelsa State Government to pay their promotion arrears or they will resume their suspended strike.
The Chairman NASU SUBEB, Comrade Aprebo Clever and Comrade Bokoru Wariebi, the Secretary, made this known in a statement released to journalists in Yenagoa on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
According to the statement, the resolution was reached at an elaborate meeting on Tuesday where they resolved that the industrial action to be embarked upon is to press home their demands.
They demanded the payment of two months promotion arrears for the months of June and July, 2021 and the full implementation of promotion and payment of arrears of all its members.
They said, if the state government fails to do this, they will have no other option but to resume their earlier suspended industrial action which was put on hold in 2020.
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NASU SUBEB frowned at the reasons why promotions and yearly increments of the primary school workers have not been implemented for nine years despite the high cost of living.
According to them, though the promotion implementation was reflected in March, April and May 2021, their salaries are paid without the promotion increments.
They reiterated that at the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and other local government education authorities will be shut down.
The group noted that all non academic staff will be withdrawn from the schools, stating that the seven-day ultimatum begins from Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
They however said the Union doors are open for fruitful negotiations to better the educational system in the state.
Efforts to get the reaction of authorities of SUBEB wasn’t possible before this report was filed but our correspondent gathered that notification of the strike has been brought to the attention of the government.