Cameroon: Primary school teachers to strike

A Cameroon primary school
A Cameroon primary school

Teachers have given official notice of strike action from October 2nd to October 5th, this will coincide with the anniversary of the 1966 UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

Submitted by jef costello on September 25, 2007

The main demands relate to quality of life. Teachers are demanding that their salaries be re-evaluated, in 1992-1993 salaries were lowered by 50-70% and this fall has not been made up. They are also demanding that all salary arrears be paid in full, including payments linked to exams. They have also asked for a housing allowance.

The action has been called by SNUIPEN (the national unified union for educators and teachers in Cameroonian schools). Teachers have been asked to picket the education ministry and local administrative centres, and to organise sit-ins at official events related to the UNESCO recommendation. The recommendation itself calls for teachers to be given appropriate intial and continued training, to be given higher salaries and fair working conditions.