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TEACHERS’ STRIKE: Public Service Ministry Makes U-Turn on Orders to Fire Striking Arts Teachers

Uganda’s Public Ministry seems to be making a U-turn on orders to fire all striking secondary school arts teachers and their primary school counterparts. 

On June 22, Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire issued a statement threatening to fire striking teachers if they refuse to return to class by June 24.

“All Government employed teachers are advised to resume duty at their respective work stations by 24 June 2022 without fail. Any Government employed Teachers who does not comply to this call will be regarded as having abandoned duty and resigned from the Public Service in accordance with Section A-n (17) of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, 2021,” directed PS Bitarakwate.

“The Teachers who are not willing to work under the prevailing terms and conditions are free to withdraw their labour as provided for under Public Service Standing Orders. Those who do not agree to any of the above are advised to seek legal redress in Courts of law. By copy of this letter, the Chief Administrative Officers and Town Clerks are called upon to take stock of the Teachers present and submit absent Teachers by the 30th June 2022 for eventual removal from the payroll.”

The statement was greeted with criticism and condemnation from Unatu, the civil society and Parliament. With the ‘ultimatum’ issued by the Permanent Secretary elapsing and with teachers refusing to return to class, Public Service Minister Muruli Mukasa has said that Bitarakwate’s statement was just a proposal meant to gauge teachers’ reactions before a final decision or course of action would be taken.

“I can’t say that they are sacked. It was a proposal from Public Service Ministry, but it was not an ultimatum,” Muruli Mukasa told reporters at the ministry’s offices in Wandegeya Kampala on June 27.

Insisting that there was no money to enhance arts teachers’ salaries, Mukasa urged Unatu and its members to return to class and “keep engaging in civilized talks” with government.

Meanwhile, the amount of money that President Museveni wants each arts teacher to be paid every month — as and when resources become available — has been revealed. (Read Story Here).

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MORE ON ARTS TEACHERS’ STRIKE

In his budget speech read on June 14, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija announced that the salaries of science teachers, scientists and health workers will be increased in a ‘very big’ way starting July 2022. (Read Story Here).

Hours after Minister Kasaija read the budget for the 2022-23 Financial Year indicating a salary increment for teachers of science, arts teachers began their strike, making it clear that all teachers matter. (Read Story Here).

Government held talks with secondary school arts teachers and primary school teachers’ leaders under Unatu. After failing to convince the striking teachers to call off their industrial action, Museveni’s government through Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, resorted to threatening teachers to either return to class or be fired.

But secondary school arts and primary level teachers under Unatu have fired back at President Museveni’s government, making it clear that threats of being fired will not force them to end their strike. (Read Story Here).

A group of MPs have also openly supported the arts teachers’ strike and told Museveni’s government to present a supplementary budget to Parliament with the aim of increasing salaries. (Read Story Here).

Relatedly, more government employees’ unions have threatened to lay down their tools in solidarity with striking teachers if government fires them, meaning that there could some sort of national shutdown. (Read Story Here).

READ: Besigye Man Reveals Shocking Reason Why Museveni Reportedly Hates Arts Teachers & Doesn’t Want to Increase Their Salaries

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MORE ON SCIENCE TEACHERS’ SALARY INCREMENT

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MORE ON SALARY INCREMENT CIRCUS

In order to improve service delivery and end the challenge of strikes over low pay, President Museveni’s government has proposed huge salary increments for teachers, doctors and other employees starting July 2022. (Read Story Here)

The proposed increments have left many people wondering if government will really fulfill this pledge and increase salaries by very high amounts.

For example, opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has argued that the promise of salary increment is just ‘another lie.’ (Read Story Here).

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija recently said the money for increasing teachers’, doctors’ and other civil servants’ salaries was available. (Read Story Here).

In August 2021, cabinet approved salary increment for teachers, doctors and other health workers. (Read Story Here).

See the salary structure that had been proposed for the current financial year here.

UPDATED LIST: See Salary Structure for All Government Workers

Meanwhile, an NRM MP has angered teachers after telling them they are too poor to go on strike. (Read Story Here).

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