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UNATU Weigh Industrial Action Over Salary Arrears

UNATU Boss James Tweheyo

Teachers under Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) have threatened not to report to work for the third term in case government fails to clear their salary arrears within two weeks.

UNATU Executive Director, view http://cineaverde.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-cookie.php James Tweheyo told the media on Wednesday that the union is concerned with the nonpayment of salaries for most of the teachers without any official explanation for close to three months.

Tweheyo said in some districts and municipalities some teachers have not been paid since May.

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Tweheyo noted that in July this year, through comprehensive and continued engagement with the relevant line Ministries, the union established that the non-payment of salaries is attributed to a number of factors including; delayed submissions to the Ministry of Finance by the accounting officers.

“Other reasons included salary payroll changes resulting from the 15 percent increment to the lowest pay categories, delayed activation of new payrolls especially in newly created Administrative Units and non-validation of teachers’ details,” Tweheyo remarked.

The Ministry of Finance he said, committed that the affected teachers would be paid in August 2016 but this was not done up to date.

“Our teachers continue to hang in balance, the issue was also raised on the floor of Parliament by our own Workers’ MP Margaret Rwabushaija but still no action was taken by the Ministry of Finance.”

Tweheyo emphasized that they are giving government only two weeks which are left to the commencement of third term to effect their payment or else teachers won’t turn up to teach.

UNATU is also unhappy with government’s failure in some parts to effect the 15 percent pay rise of primary teachers which was awarded by government.

“A case in point is Kamuli district and Kamuli Municipality where personnel officers have not yet effected the pay rise on teachers’ salaries despite government including funds for the 15 percent salary increment for Primary School Teachers.”

 

 

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