By Allan Mugabe
Teachers under Uganda National Teachers Union UNATU-Rukungiri branch have joined in the industrial action to demand salary increment.
The UNATU chairperson Rukungiri district Julius Gumisiriza who is also the head teacher Rwerere primary school says they won’t attend classes on Monday next week when term two begins if government keeps quite about their salary demands.
He adds that teaching as a profession has been under looked by the government, noting that some sectors’ salaries were increased.
Speaking to www.mknewslink.com, Gumusiriza insisted that teachers will not give up on their demands unless government adheres to their demands.
On Sunday teachers under their umbrella, Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) announced a strike protesting against government’s failure to fulfill its promises made to teachers.
The strike follows a 90-day ultimatum that was issued in February by UNATU to government.
In June last year, government signed agreements with ten public service unions. As part of the collective bargaining agreement, government agreed to enhance the salaries of all public servants’, teachers inclusive over a five-year period. In the financial year 2018/2019, money was paid to medical workers, science teachers, scientists and lecturers at Makerere University.
Salaries of other public servants were to be addressed in the next financial year 2019/2020.
UNATU wants the least paid teachers to earn 900,000 shillings by 2020. Its alleged that in Education Budget framework paper 2019/2020, no allocation has been made to enhance the salaries of teachers.
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