In a letter, dated September 20, 2023, addressed to the Minister of Basic Education (MINEDUB), primary school teachers’ union SNICOMP is issuing a strike warning. According to the letter, the strike may start on October 5, 2023, and continue till the government heeds their demands. With that warning, SNICOMP confesses to answering the call of all the “teachers' unions".
Its demands include the immediate payment of the debt owed to teachers, the registration of teachers within three months as the government committed to, the monthly payment of the financial windfalls that come with promotions, and a date for the National Education Forum.
The union says it has already drawn the government's attention to its failure to meet its commitments regarding teachers' demands. These demands include, in particular, the payment of arrears to the 2nd wave of regional contract teachers (ICR 2) that have been outstanding for 7 years, the payment of shift pay arrears owed to teachers who took part in the organization of basic education examination and competitions, a platform for collaboration between the administration and unions, the slow transmission of integration files and a suspension of contractual recruitments in favor of direct integration into the corps of education civil servants.
SNICOMP claims to have sent several letters to the MINEDUB concerning the demands of primary school teachers. Unfortunately, these letters have gone unanswered. Hence the frustration of these teachers, who in 2022 joined forces with the On a Trop Attendu (OTA) movement to launch the "Dead Chalk" operation.
With that notice, SNICOMP joins the On a Trop Supporté (OTS) movement, which has been on strike since September 4 to demand payment of their dues.