Primary and secondary school teachers in Rivers State have called on the state government to pay the salary arrears of their members.
The Rivers State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, also pleaded with the state government to fulfill what they promised to teachers.
In a 10-point demand read by its state chairman, Mr. Nkpogene Lucky, in Port Harcourt, the union said they are ready to focus on the issues that concerned the welfare of teachers in the state.
In his statement,the chairman said: Let me say it loud that the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Rivers State wing still has teeth to bite and should not be taken for granted or pushed to the wall.
How come teachers will be begging for promotion and other staturory rights since 2009 till date? This is not right.
He also said that every due privileges and rights of teachers should be given to them,adding that the job
Of a teacher is highly stressful and tedious therefore should not be taken for granted.
The Portcitynews reports that the other demands of the union include financial implementation of verified promotions of teachers for 2009 and 2010, payment of outstanding salaries of February and March 2016 to affected teachers, payment of rural area allowance to teachers, the release of promotion letters for 2011, 2012 and 2013 teachers under the senior secondary schools board and payment of pensions and gratuities to retired ones.