Unatu Insists On Teachers’ Pay Rise

The Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu) has renewed calls for a pay rise in the coming budget. Unatu’s calls follows reports from the ministry of Finance that the recently-completed payroll cleanup had realized Shs 200bn in savings. The cleanup was called by the ministry of Finance and eventually implemented by the ministry of Public Service over the last 18 months. Several teachers’ names were struck off the payroll, as the government sought to end the practice of paying salaries to ghost teachers.

Reacting to the Finance reports last Friday, Unatu secretary general, James Tweheyo, said the savings ought to be returned to the teachers in the form of a pay rise.

“It would be prudent for the money to be given to teachers, who slave away daily for low salaries, despite promises of a future pay rise,” Tweheyo said.

There was no comment from any of the ministries of Public Service, Education or Finance. There is no projected salary increment for teachers in the coming budget.

Last week, Tweheyo said they had given the government 90 days to consider a pay rise for teachers. He said he could not rule out industrial action by the teachers, who are seeking to compel the government to increase their salaries, in the next financial year.

However, the president has insisted in several speeches this year, that he intends to continue emphasizing infrastructural development this year, with a salary increment set for after 2016.

Source : The Observer

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