CATTU Calls Off Strike As Government Succumbs To Demands
CATTU Secretary GeneralThe Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union, CATTU, that had announced strike actions throughout the national territory has rescinded its decision to allow government apply its promise to meet their demands.
The decision was taken yesterday after a meeting between some seven members of government led by the Minister of Labour, Gregoire Owona, and representatives of the teachers union led by Simon Nkwenti.
According to CATTU Secretary General, Simon Nkwenti,the teachers have decided to temporary suspend their announced strike action to give dialogue a chance and permit government to honour its decision to increase the allowances of teachers.
“We are happy the government has understood and accepted our plight. The decision to add some allowances of FCFA 15.000 to teachers was taken by the government itself some time ago but surprisingly this was not applied and teachers have continued to suffer the same predicament. That is why we said enough was enough. Thank God in the dialogue today the government has realized its errors and some resolutions have been reached. We are calling off the strike for the time being to permit the application of these decisions,” Nkwenti said.
He further explained that among the resolutions reached include the putting in place an adhoc committee to start working on 15 February 2012 to review and increase the allowances of teachers because the initial promise of a FCFA 15.000 allowance was somehow provocative.
The government was to pay the February allowance plus one month arrears.
The meeting brought together all the ministers and secretaries of states in the ministries of basic, secondary, higher education plus the minister of labour and social security.
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