On Friday, Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) announced that the countrywide national teachers’ strike will continue no matter what.
“UNATU informs all teachers, teacher leaders and the general public that the industrial action over the Teachers’ 10% salary increment for FY 2015/16 was declared effective 14th May 2015 and will continue until Government commits to pay the increment in FY 2015/16,” James Tweheyo, General Secretary, stated.
“Teachers should therefore not report to school,” he urged, adding, “Any updates on calling off the strike should be disregarded unless issued by the General Secretary.”
Tweheyo said it was a habit by government to “resort to lies each time we declare industrial action”.
He said Government has never given teachers a 90% increment but instead 40% was given and 10% remains in FY 2015/16 as per the agreement with UNATU.
“Do not be deceived!”
He said the recently released National budget for FY 2015/16 totally disregarded the Uganda Government committed 10% salary increment and that subsequent negotiations and engagement with the relevant Government authorities have so far not yielded anything.
“This breach/ frustration of agreement shows that Government not only lacks respect for the teaching fraternity but also lacks genuine concern about the status of education, the teachers, learners and some parents in this country,” Tweheyo said while announcing the strike earlier in the week.
Gov’t pays 40% of the salaries
On Friday still the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports said that out of 50% of the salary increment promised by Government, 40% had been paid on top of 6.8 billion shillings for SACCO’s for every teacher in Uganda as promised by H.E The President of Uganda.
Dr. Rose Nassali Lukwago, Permanent Secretary, agreed that the 10% salary increment as reported by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has not been effected yet, but will be effected in the subsequent financial year following the next financial year.
Tweheyo, however, said UNATU will not be party to any recommendations postponing action concerning the teachers’ 10% salary increment for FY 2015/16.
“As a Union, we have played our part and negotiated with an unwilling, and unbothered government team and in lieu of this. Schools are set to open on 18th May 2015 and we call upon all teachers not to report to school and not to participate in teaching until the 10% salary increment is paid.”
He said it had been unanimously agreed upon by the body of Teacher leaders from all districts of Uganda sitting today 14th May 2015.