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Teachers in Uganda to strike over pay

12 November 2013, 12:11 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Teachers in Uganda through their union, UNATU, are strongly demanding that government pay their October salaries by Tuesday or else they will not go to class from Wednesday.

Addressing a news conference at their head offices in Kampala on Monday, the union’s General Secretary, James Tweheyo, confirmed that teachers have not received their October salaries with most of them not yet on the government's payroll.

He said, "Up to now, teachers allover the country have not yet received their October salary. If by tomorrow the salary is not in the banks, the teachers will not go to classes on Wednesday."

If they go on strike, this would be the second time for them to do so in a term. At the beginning of this term in August, they went on strike for several days demanding for salary increment.

Their union leaders however met the president and accepted to go back to work after he promised to increase their salary by 25 percent next year.

Tweheyo however added that despite them holding talks with the President over the issues of salary increment where they were promised to sign the agreement, nothing has been done so far and they are wondering whether the President lied to them.

They also warned headteachers of some schools in Kampala, east and western parts of the country who have continued to intimidate teachers who participated in the strike that they will be named and shamed before the whole nation.

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