Opondo: Only frustrated FDC can back teachers strike




Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party has backed the teacher’s strike over the failure by government to give them a 10 percent pay rise as earlier agreed.

In 2011, teachers laid down their tools of work demanding for 100 percent pay rise.

During the negotiations, Government agreed to give the teachers a 50 percent pay rise over a period of three years.

However, government has only effected a 40 percent pay rise since then.

Recently, the teachers through Uganda National Teacher’s Union-UNATU reignited their demand for a 10 percent pay rise and threatened not to report for the opening of the second term.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said government would not honor the agreement due to the unique financial challenges it is in.

He however, said government would make the 10 percent pay rise in the 2016/2017 financial year prompting UNATU to call a countrywide strike, which got underway this morning. The FDC party leadership has expressed support for the teacher’s strike.

John Kikonyogo, the FDC publicity Secretary says as a party they support the decision of the teachers to lay down their tools since have backtracked on its agreement to improve their salaries as agreed.
He says it is wrong for government to reject the teacher’s demand for a pay rise yet it is busy spending money on none priority areas like funding the UPDF expedition in South Sudan.

Ofwono Opondo, the Director of the Government owned Media Center says FDC’s support for the strike isn’t news since they are all frustrated.

He says government has other priorities such as the coming elections and investment in infrastructure and health that is why it has promised to honor the demand of teachers in 2016/2017 financial year.

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