UNATU, Museveni in Fresh Round of Talks Over Salary Increment

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Sarah Kagingo, the presidential assistant in charge of social media says more than 100 officials are attending the meeting.

President Yoweri Museveni is locked up in a meeting with Uganda National Teacher’s Union-UNATU officials to resolve the impasse over the teacher’s pay rise, URN has learnt. Sarah Kagingo, the presidential assistant in charge of social media says Museveni summoned UNATU officials to state house Entebbe for negotiations to prevent them from resuming their countrywide strike.
Last month, teachers across the country laid down their tools to demand a 20 percent pay rise from government as promised but President Yoweri Museveni in the 2011. The strike paralyzed learning across the country forcing government to plead with teachers to call off the strike as the negotiations continue. The teachers agreed to suspend the strike for 28 working days as they negotiate with government over the pay rise. While suspending the strike, James Tweheyo, the UNATU secretary general said government had pledged to honor its pledge to give the teachers a pay rise.

He warned that they would resume the strike should nothing positive come out of their negotiations. However, on Tuesday teachers in Masaka threatened to disrupt UNEB examinations, which are scheduled to start on Friday this week. It came after the teachers received information that government would only effect the pay rise in the next financial. The threats by the teachers to resume the strike prompted Museveni to convene an impromptu meeting with UNATU leaders at Entebbe.
Sarah Kagingo, the presidential assistant in charge of social media says more than 100 officials are attending the meeting. She explains that Museveni is negotiating with UNATU officials to allow government to implement the pay rise next financial year because the available funds have already been committed to other sectors such as roads and energy. Moses Nsereko Ssebuliba, the greater Masaka UNATU chairperson and his secretary general Mathias Mukasa have confirmed traveling to Entebbe for the meeting.

Ssebuliba told URN on phone from Entebbe that they expect their national leaders to inform Museveni that teachers need a pay rise as soon as possible. Mathias Mukasa, the Greater Masaka UNATU general secretary says they also want Museveni to deal with government officials who are threatening to sack teachers for demanding for their rights. He singles out several RDCs and Education minister Jessica Alupo, who he accuses of use military language against teachers. On Wednesday, while president over Independence Day Celebrations in Rukungiri, President Yoweri Museveni said despite the fact that government has money, it can’t give the teachers a pay rise because there is a lot to be done in other sectors.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.