ask http://cjr.edu.mx/components/com_k2/helpers/permissions.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In a meeting with the Education and Sports Minister, cheap Jessica Alupo, in Kampala on Monday, UNATU General Secretary James Tweheyo emphasized that government’s continued threats to sack teachers who don’t go to class will not derail them and therefore stressed that the strike is lawful.
“The 1995 Uganda Constitution stipulates that an employer shall not discharge an employee on the account of his lawful involvement in the activities of labor union including his participation in the strike,” warned Tweheyo.
The UNATU General Secretary therefore assured teachers that they should not be shaken by intimidation from government officials who threaten to terminate their contracts.
“It is a criminal offence to intimidate workers and the punishment is one year imprisonment,” warned Tweheyo.
Teachers under their umbrella body last week started their 90-day industrial action in protest against government’s refusal to increase their salaries by twenty percent as agreed in an earlier Memorandum of Understanding with President Yoweri Museveni.
Government has since maintained that money for the teachers’ salaries is not available in this financial year.