Soroti Flying School Instructors On Strike Over Rent Allowances

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In short
An instructor who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says despite receiving their salaries, they can’t spend it on house rent because it is too little.

Instructors at East African Civil Aviation Academy in Soroti have staged a strike over none-payment of their rent allowances for the past two months. The instructors laid down their tools on Wednesday paralyzing studies at the school. 

An instructor who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says despite receiving their salaries, they can’t spend it on house rent because it is too little. Our reporter who visited the school this morning, found students standing infront of the administrators as the instructors were locked up in their offices.
 
URN also saw the aircrafts used to instruct students parked on the run way. Ronald Lodiong, the director East African Civil Aviation Academy, has confirmed that the instructors have not received their house rent for the months of December and January.
  
Lodiong says he was only notified about the strike on phone as he was away in Entebbe. By the time of filing this report the instructors were locked up in a meeting with the school director.

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The academy, commonly known as Soroti Flying School, was established in 1971 to train pilots and aircraft engineers for the East African market. It is one of the few institutions that survived the collapse of the first East African Community in 1977.

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.