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TEACHERS ENCOURAGED TO REMAIN FIRM AS THEY CONTINUE WITH INDUSTRIAL ACTION

By Flavia Ajok

HOIMA: James Kiiza the Chairperson Uganda National Teachers Union {UNATU} Hoima City has encouraged fellow teachers to remain firm as they continue with the industrial action.

Speaking to ugreports on Monday evening, Kiiza said that teachers should not be intimidated saying that the industrial action is fully protected by the labour laws of Uganda.

‘’No teacher should be intimidated, the industrial action is fully protected by the labour laws of Uganda,’’ he said.

The teacher also disclosed that the ideal of the industrial action is to enhance their salary since they all undergo the same working conditions and the cost of living.

‘’We shall not report for work unless our matter is settled. It’s unfair to increase the salary for a section of teachers yet we undergo the same working conditions and cost of living,’’ Kiiza said.

While in Masindi on Sunday, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja the Prime of Uganda disclosed that she was directed by President Museveni to meet the UNATU leaders and harmonize the situation.

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‘’President Museveni has directed me to meet the UNATU leaders, I will meet them on Tuesday {today} and harmonize the situation, if they fail we shall take another step,’’ she said.

James Kiiza however says they are still waiting for the outcome of the meeting before resuming work.

He urged the fellow teachers to join the cause for one voice saying that those who have failed to comply are betraying the cause of UNATU.

On 15th of June, learners in different government schools both primary and government across the country were left stranded as teachers laid down their tools demanding for salary increment.

Filbert Baguma, General Secretary UNATU recently 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.

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