Rugunda defied, teachers’ strike goes on


UNATU members waiting to meet Rugunda


The teacher’s union says the industrial strike declared last week will continue without fail.

UNATU which represents teachers in Uganda today met with the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, over the ongoing strike.

Over the weekend, Ruganda said government will not increase salaries of teachers or other civil servants and asked teachers to go to class as second term opened today.

UNATU General Secretary, James Tweheyo, says they will met the Prime Minister again on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 10am with all Branch Chairpersons.

Cabinet will sit on Wednesday 20th to discuss the matter beforehand.

UNATU position on the industrial action remains unchanged despite pleas from Government to stop the strike, Tweheyo clarified.

He said that while meeting Rugunda, they agreed that the industrial action continues and that the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister meets with all UNATU District/Municipal Chairpersons and the National Executive Council on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 10:00am for further negotiations on the 10% salary increment for FY 2015/16.

They also agreed that there should be no intimidation as this is a protected strike within the provisions of the law.

“Any such cases should immediately be reported to the nearest UNATU office.”

“All teachers are hereby reminded that the General Secretary is the Official Spokesperson of the Union. Therefore any information particularly regarding calling off the strike should be disregarded unless given by the General Secretary.”

Government on Friday said it had paid 40% of teachers’ salaries but UNATU insisted on the whole promised percentage.

However, teachers in Government Aided schools in Mbarara municipality resumed their normal duties this morning despite the countrywide strike announced by Uganda National Teacher’s Union-UNATU.

Several schools in and around Kampala like their counterparts in upcountry opened the gates this morning, but teachers have remained out of classes.

In Kasese and Tororo, all teachers stayed home awaiting further communication from the teachers’ union.

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