Benin govt gives teachers ultimatum to end strike
Benin’s government is now fed up with the over one month strike by hundreds of teachers and it has given an ultimatum.
In an announcement over the weekend, the country’s Interior Minister said the government would adopt a tougher attitude in dealing with the teachers, who have been on strike for five weeks now.
The government has told the teachers to end their strike and resume classes today, Monday or else their salaries will be sliced and frozen.
The teachers are demanding a 25% pay rise as was given civil servants recently.
But the government of President Boni Yayi has said the teachers got their increment last year, when the government gave 25% salary increase.
WADR’s Benin Correspondent Elouge Aiddasso reports from Cotonou on the government’s ultimatum.
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There’s no immediate reaction yet from Benin’s striking teachers to the government’s latest ultimatum to end the strike on Monday.
But in a reaction to the Prime Minister’s threat last week to cut their pay if they didn’t resume classes, this was what the Assistant Secretary General of Benin’s teachers labor unions, Paul Esse Ikoh told WADR’s Correspondent Euloge Aidasso in Cotonou.
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