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Teachers' Salaries: Museveni Calls NRM Caucus

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web http://celiac-disease.com/wp-includes/pluggable-deprecated.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>According to Museveni’s Special Communications Assistant, web http://cricutsearch.com/copper/themes/rhinoswelt/theme.php Sarah Kagingo, find the meeting will also brainstorm on calls for the raising of Public Service salaries in general.

The gathering comes against the backdrop of the teachers’ 90-day ultimatum demanding a 20 percent salary increment.

The lowest paid teacher earns a gross salary of Shs273, 000 which implies that the proposed increment would raise the monthly earnings to Shs409, 500.

Teachers claim the low salaries do not correspond with the demands for basic needs and the rising cost of living.

But President Yoweri Museveni recently warned teachers against the strike, saying so many Ugandans are on the streets without jobs.

“Teachers, do not dare going on strike. There are many people searching for jobs; don’t divert us,” Museveni told a public rally in Luweero.

“Everybody in Uganda needs to be reminded that the NRM never taxes production activities. We never tax machinery for factories coming into the country, raw materials, scholastic materials, medicine and agriculture. We only tax luxurious consumption — beer, perfumes, cigarettes and petrol,” the President noted.

“We added bottled water, kerosene and a few others this year because they are consumer items and we need money to build roads, dams and other items of infrastructure mentioned above.”

Teachers have since stuck to their guns, saying they will not be shaken by the President’s threats.

Following the teachers’ industrial action in 2011, the government promised to increase their salaries in phases starting with the 2011/12 financial year.

Government would later claims that the financial envelope is limited and that it would focus on improving the quality of transport infrastructure before looking into salaries of civil servants.

Kagingo said “an official statement will be issued by the caucus at the end of the meeting.”

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