Please Return To Classes As We Work On Your Demands- Gov’t Set For More Talks With Striking Teachers

Please Return To Classes As We Work On Your Demands- Gov't Set For More Talks With Striking Teachers

permanent secretary for public service Catherine Bitarakwate

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: The leadership of the National Teachers Union (UNATU) is today set to meet officials from the ministry of public service to negotiate better pay for Arts teachers.

This follows another closed-door meeting on Wednesday with Vice President Jessica Alupo who failed to convince them to call off their industrial action and return to class.

Meanwhile, the permanent secretary for public service Catherine Bitarakwate has also written to UNATU leadership calling upon the teachers to return to class as the government looks into the implemented pay plan to rise their salaries.

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”The matter has been discussed and consultations escalated to the executive of the government. In this regard, I hereby convey the commitment of the government to implement the approved pay plan concerning all teachers including primary school teachers and other employees in the entire public service. This will be undertaken within the medium term. Therefore this is to request that in the interest of our learners and in view of the ongoing recovery of lost time, your esteemed and valued teaching fraternity resumes teaching at the earliest time,” Bitarakwate wrote in her letter.

The teachers have since maintained their position on the strike, insisting on assurances of a pay rise first.

It remains to be seen whether today’s meeting with the public service ministry will yield fruit.

The art teachers who are on strike over their unmet demands for salary enhancement have over the past two weeks received contradictory responses from different government officials.

UNATU’s General Secretary Filbert Baguma has since maintained that their strike is still on.

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