In a positive turn of events, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has made the decision to suspend the impending strike in Plateau State, following crucial agreements reached between the union and the 17 local government councils
The strike, which was originally set to commence on January 8, 2024, has now been called off as both parties have addressed the pressing issues at hand.
The official suspension of the NUT’s strike notice took place on January 7, 2024, following a joint meeting that involved the 17 Local Government Council, Plateau State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (IPSNC), NLC, and TUC.
During the meeting, NUT secretary, Comrade Marshall Simon Dachung, representing the union, outlined the key outcomes
. “We have come to a mutual understanding that the arrears of one month’s salary will be promptly paid, along with the disbursement of January 2024 salaries for the Local Government Councils,” emphasized Comrade Dachung.
“Furthermore, a comprehensive Personnel Audit will be conducted to assess eligible staff for promotions, ensuring that those who have already received their promotion letters are duly recognized.
“Any outstanding arrears owed to deserving employees, following the audit, will be settled simultaneously with the implementation of the promotion process, coinciding with the January 2024 salary.” He added.
Comrade Dachung underscored the commitment to expedite the promotion of junior staff among non-professional teachers.
He stated that their inclusion in the Personnel Audit will guarantee immediate implementation.
According to him, the involvement of all industrial unions within the Local Government Councils during the Personnel Audit, scheduled to begin on January 15, 2024, and conclude within 21 days, demonstrates a collective effort towards transparency and accountability.
“To ensure a fair and inclusive assessment, Labor Representatives will actively participate in the audit process,” Comrade Dachung added.
He further noted, “Additionally, employees on GL 15 and 16 who are currently not receiving domestic servant allowances will witness its implementation alongside the January 2024 salary.”
The meeting also commended the Chairmen of the Local Government Councils for consistently ensuring timely payment of staff salaries and benefits.
Furthermore, they applauded the Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Caleb M. Mutfwang, for his worker-focused approach and his directive to councils with outstanding arrears to aim for an additional month’s salary payment before the end of January 2024.