nigeria.jpg  A Previous Strike by Nigerian Teachers Teachers in the Oyo state of Nigeria are still having to take strike action to secure payment of salary arrears The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on teachers to strike every Wednesday and wear black every Thursday in protest at the non-payment of their salaries. They have also given the state government at 21 day ultimatum - if the arrears are not paid there will be a total strike. According to a reporter from the on-line newspaper Punch the strike has been solid. The agreement to pay a 27.5% rise was made in 2008 - yet the Oyo state has still to pay the money owed.  To quote a previous post: Teachers in Nigeria are some of the worst paid professionals in the country - the highest paid earn about $100 per month. Nigeria is the fifth largest exporter of oil in the world. Global corporations like British Petroleum are reaping huge profits from its oilfields (and incidentally causing havoc with the environment and the social structure in the oil filelds) from which the Nigerian government gets a small percentage in revenues. The IMF have locked Nigeria into a package of ‘market based reform’. According to the CIA Fact File: ‘Since 2008 the government has begun showing the political will to implement the market-oriented reforms urged by the IMF, such as to modernize the banking system, to curb inflation by blocking excessive wage demands’ - presumably like those of the teachers who are struggling by on a couple of dollars a day! Included in the IMF package also is the privatisation of the four government owned oil refineries. In other words - the West and the multinational coprorations are coining billions of dollars which rightfully belong to the people of Nigeria.  Meanwhile teachers are grappling with huge class sizes, dilapidated buildings and limited resources - and if that stress was not enough they are having to take strike action to secure the meagre pay which is owed to them.