Teachers under the Uganda National Teachers Association (UNATU) have vowed not to step in class at the start of the coming term, once government fails to increase their salaries as earlier promised
While addressing the press last evening at Teachers House in Kampala, Filbert Baguma, the UNATU General Secretary said teachers had grown tired of being taken for granted by government which puts much consideration in other sectors but ignores them.
“The leadership of the union countrywide has today unanimously resolved to enter into an industrial action effective 20th May 2019 if there is no satisfactory feedback on issues pertaining teacher’s salary increment for FY 2019/20,” he said.
“Most of the schools countrywide are set to close for holidays this Friday but teachers will not be present at the opening of second term until government honours its earlier salary commitment it made to teachers”
With about two weeks left to the industrial action, he said, government still has time to find the money to fulfil its pledge to teachers as it recently did increase allowances for the Members of Parliament.
“In the FY 2018/19 as per national budget government simply honoured the earlier commitment (20%) to the teachers in the post Primary Education sector. This meant that government didn’t have any commitment to enhance the salaries of teachers across all sectors” Baguma added.