They accuse government of backtracking on its pledge to give them a 60 percent salary increment in the new financial year.
Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU is considering taking legal action against government for breach of the Public Service Negotiation and Dispute Settlement act 2008. They accuse government of backtracking on its pledge to give them a 60 percent salary increment in the new financial year.
This comes after it emerged that government is proposing to give the teachers a 15 percent pay rise according to the budget frame presented to parliament. Teopista Birungi Mayanja, the secretary general UNATU decries the proposed salary increment saying it is too little compared to the 100 percent increment they asked for.
Birungi says that UNATU has decided to call upon all stakeholders in the education sector to take action in demanding better pay for the teachers as they also organize for what she termed as "a kick off" before the second term begins. She cautions members of the 9th parliament against making budgetary decisions based on their political affiliations.
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Early last year, teachers across the country laid down their tools to demand for 100 salary increment. Education minister Jessica Eriyo pleaded with the teachers to resume work and promised them a 50 percent pay rise over the next five years. Despite the fact that teachers agreed to return to work, they rejected the proposed increment insisting on 100 percent.
Recently, government presented the budget frame work paper in which it proposed a 15 percent pay rise for teachers drawing protests from parliament. Members on the parliamentary committee on social services swore to resign unless government gives the teachers 100 percent salary increase. They threw out Kamanda Bataringaya, the state minister for primary education and asked government to revise the proposed budget frame work.