• Short Summary

    THE EIGHT-DAY-OLD NIGERIAN TEACHERS' STRIKE WAS CALLED OFF ON THURSDAY, FOLLOWING AN AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN EDUCATION MINISTERS IN THE FEDERATION AND TEACHERS' REPRESENTATIVE.

  • Description

    THE EIGHT-DAY-OLD NIGERIAN TEACHERS' STRIKE WAS CALLED OFF ON THURSDAY, FOLLOWING AN AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN EDUCATION MINISTERS IN THE FEDERATION AND TEACHERS' REPRESENTATIVE. A JOINT NEGOTIATION COUNCIL WILL BE SET UP TO LOOK INTO THE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION.

    THE AGREEMENT CAME AFTER A SIX HOUR MEETING BETWEEN THE TEACHERS AND THE EDUCATION MINISTERS AT THE SENATE BUILDING IN LAGOS. THE HARD BARGAINING AT THE CONFERENCE HAD BEEN OVERSHADOWED BY A SERIOUS RIOT AND DEMONSTRATIONS. THE RIOT OCCURRED WHEN AN ESTIMATED 3,000 HOUSEWIVES DEMONSTRATED OUTSIDE THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING IN SUPPORT OF THE TEACHERS' DEMANDS, BEFORE THURSDAY'S MEETING GOT UNDERWAY.

    WOMEN CAME FROM THE FEDERAL TERRITORY AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICTS TO VOICE THEIR SUPPORT, AND IT BECAME QUITE ROWDY. POLICE WHO HAD BEEN STANDING BY, ACTED SUDDENLY AND DISPERSED THE CROWD BY HURLING TEAR-GAS AMONGST THE DEMONSTRATORS.

    HUNDREDS OF WOMEN, FRIGHTENED BY THE BURSTING TEAR-GAS GRENADES, RAN SCREAMING INTO SIDE STREETS, BLOCKING TRAFFIC IN THE MAIN SECTION OF LAGOS FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR.

    NO SOONER HAD THE AREA HAD BEEN CLEARED THAN THE TEACHERS CAME TO THE SCENE TO DEMONSTRATE. THEY DISPERSED WITHOUT TROUBLE WHEN THEIR LEADERS TOLD THEM THAT THEIR DEMANDS HAD BEEN MET, AND THEY WOULD BE PAID FOR THE DURATION OF THE STRIKE.

    (THE TEACHERS, UNDER TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT, WERE TO RESUME THEIR DUTIES IMMEDIATELY. BOARDING FEES ARE TO BE REFUNDED TO THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN SENT HOME DURING THE STRIKE, WHILE TIMETABLE ADJUSTMENTS ARE TO BE MADE SO THAT PUPILS WILL NOT LOSE FROM THEIR STUDIES. THE NEGOTIATING COUNCIL, IN THE MEANTIME, WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON A NEW SCALE OF SALARIES FOR TEACHERS TO THE REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS OF THE FEDERATION FOR APPROVAL.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7JFP7IYXWOCXTT1JBU4TZJQNP
    Media URN:
    VLVA7JFP7IYXWOCXTT1JBU4TZJQNP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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