Teachers’ strike: Edo govt threatens ‘no work not pay’ rule

Teachers’ strike: Edo govt threatens ‘no work not pay’ rule

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The Edo State Government has threatened to invoke the ‘no work no pay rule’ if Public primary school teachers in the State go ahead with the indefinite strike action meant to cripple activities at resumption on Monday 1st February 2021.

EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI

But the State Chairman and Moni Mike Modesty Itua, the Assistant Secretary General of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Pius Okhueleigbe on Wednesday urged striking teachers to shun Governor Godwin Obaseki directive on resumption on schools, weeks after the union declared indefinite strike over poor condition of service and other issues of concern.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, who convoyed the directive in a Public announcement on Thursday, alleged that the strike was “sponsored by certain elements of the Edo State Branch NUT”.

It urge all public-school teachers and head teachers in the State to be present in their various schools, adding that “failure to resume work would be considered forfeiture of salary as the Edo State Government has activated the No Work, No Pay policy”.

According to the Government, “Head Teachers and Teachers who are desirous of staying away from work in support of the sponsored strike action by certain elements of the Edo State Branch of the National Union of Teachers, are required to hand over all school property in their custody to their respective Education Secretaries.

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“The Board is collaborating with the relevant security agencies to ensure the protection of all public schools and any willful destruction of government property will be met with criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of the law”.

Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday January 15, 2021 shifted resumption date of all schools in the State from January 15 to February 1, 2021 against the spread of Covid-19 and enable appropriate authorities carryout safety measures before the commencement of academic work.

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