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PM NABBANJA ORDERS STRIKING TEACHERS TO RESUME WORK

By Innocent Atuganyira

MASINDI: Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja the Prime Minister of Uganda has ordered the striking government teachers to resume work, this was sounded on Sunday evening during the fundraising ceremony for the construction of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Kyatiri in Masindi district.

Nabbanja disclosed that she will meet the Uganda National Teachers Union {UNATU} on Tuesday {tomorrow} to harmonize the situation.

‘’President Museveni has told me to meet the UNATU leaders and harmonize the situation. I will meet them on Tuesday, and if they fail to act we shall see the next step,’’ she asserted.

The leader of government businesses further said that the government doesn’t have money to increase salaries for all civil servants at the same time.

‘’We have increased the salary of medical workers. We can’t increase it for all civil servants at the same time because the government doesn’t have money,’’ she said.

Nabbanja however assured teachers that they will be considered and therefore asked them to resume work.

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On Friday last week, talks between the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) and President Museveni ended in a stalemate.

Learners in Primary and Secondary government schools across the country were on June 15 left stranded after their Arts teachers embarked on a nationwide strike.

The strike followed the government’s decision to increase the salaries of science teachers while the art teachers and those in primary schools were not considered.

An estimated 120,000 teachers laid down their tools in protest of what they called a discriminatory enhancement.

Filbert Baguma, General Secretary UNATU told journalists that the industrial action shall continue as they await the outcome of the review process.

Baguma reminded the teachers that any information particularly regarding calling off the strike should be disregarded unless given by the general secretary.

Government has increased salaries for science teachers in its bid to promote sciences. According to the government, Shs495 billion had been earmarked in next year’s budget to enhance salaries for scientists.

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