UNATU To Strike Over Pay

sale geneva; line-height: 200%; font-size: small;”>James Tweheyo, store the UNATU General Secretary while announcing the strike said that the teachers have had enough of government’s frustration.

He said that despite identifying several sources of funds in the budget that could be used to boost teachers’ salaries, “right from the beginning, we had a feeling that the government was not ready to yield to our demands”.

Tweheyo said that this time round, the strike is to continue until when the demands of the teachers are met.

“It is an insult to see that teachers are frustrated in their attempts to make the country better through quality education.”

On that ground, he said they are left with no other option but to call for the industrial action “because it appears government officials came to the negotiation table with a preset mind”.


He also urged parents not to send their children to school saying, they will not be taught. “Parents should stop pretending that things are fine when the situation is worsening for the teachers.”

The mandatory 90 days ultimatum having elapsed, Grace Adia, the national representative of secondary schools said the union had even been patient to announce the strike.

She asked all teachers not to report to school on 16 of this month because their action is within the law and they shouldn’t succumb to intimidation by government agencies and officials.

This follows an a 90 days ultimatum issued by teachers on 14 June this year for the government to effect a 20 percent pay rise for teachers following earlier negotiations lest they laid down their tools.

Following the expiry of the ultimatum, a series of meetings have taken place between the union and the inter-ministerial committee led by Jessica Alupo, the minister of education and sports.

After three meetings the teachers’ union accused the committee of lack of willingness to increase the salary.

However by press time, the Ministry of education has not yet responded to the announcement by the teachers.

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