Arts teachers at at Kololo Ceremonial Ground

President Yoweri Museveni is set to meet Arts teachers under their umbrella body, Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) today at Kololo Ceremonial Ground to pave ways towards the ending of the industrial action.

On June 15, 2022, teachers under UNATU staged industrial action citing discriminatory salary enhancement and government’s failure to honour collective bargaining agreement signed in 2018.

Yesterday, National Executive Committee (NEC) Members and Branch Chairperson of UNATU met and resolved that they will not return to classes unless the government harmonizes their salaries.

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Next Financial year, the Government allocated Shs 735 billion towards enhancement of Science teachers’ salaries. According to the proposed salary scale, a science teacher who holds a degree will earn Shs 4 million from Shs 1.1million. A grade five teacher will earn Shs 3 million from Shs 796,000.

Last month Mrs. Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, the permanent secretary to the ministry of public service, ordered teachers to resume their duties at their respective work station by 24th July 2022 and any teacher who doesn’t comply with this call will be regarded as having absconded from duty and resigned from public service in accordance with section A-N of the public service Standing orders 2021.

Zadock Tumuhimbise, the chairperson of UNATU has since urged teachers to go on with the strike till the enhancement of their salaries.

“We have received the intimidating letter as expected. Whatever we are doing is within the provisions of the law. We are very safe. Our legal teams are on course to make a response to the letter. Soon our official spokesperson will give us a detailed update. Otherwise; the Industrial Action is still on course. Keep consistent,” he said.

Bitarakwate petitioned the secretary of UNATU Filbert Baguma calling for a meeting over the staged industrial action.

“We invite you and four members of the Union executive for a meeting with the ministry of public service on Friday July 1, 2022,” Bitarakwate said.

On June 29, 2022, the Vice President Jessica Alupo met UNATU leaders and urged them to return to their places of work  however her plea was not heeded to.