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Ugandan teachers to strike over delayed pay hike

09 September 2013, 19:04 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala, Uganda - Teachers in government funded primary and secondary schools in Uganda have resolved not to teach next term unless their salary is increased by 20 percent.

Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), a teachers’ umbrella body has emphasised that teachers will not be party to any recommendations postponing their sit-down strike across the country starting September 14.

The teachers’ nationwide strike according to UNATU leadership is over the unwillingness by government to increase their salaries.

Addressing a news conference at Teachers’ House in Kampala Monday afternoon, UNATU General Secretary James Tweheyo said as a union, teachers have played their part and negotiated with persons he described as unwilling and unbothered team whom teachers are not ready to hear from any more.

''We should not be blamed for our industrial action,''Tweheyo said.

''Early this year, we demanded for 100 percent salary increase; we negotiated with the government and it accepted to give us a 50 percent increase in three phases. Now they are failing to fulfill their promise,'' he lamented.

He explained that the government agreed to increase their salary in three installments starting with last term by 15 percent, 20 percent next term and another 15 percent in the first term of next year.

He said unless the 20 percent increment is made available, teachers will not report to school as per the resolution reached by the national executive council meeting held on Monday.

He advised parents not to send their children to schools when the term opens next week because the school heads and teachers will not be working.

Primary school teachers in Uganda earn 300 000 Uganda shillings monthly, equivalent to about KES 10 160 while a secondary school teacher gets 500 000 Uganda shillings, equivalent to 17 000.

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