The Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) leadership has insisted that teachers will continue with their industrial action despite government’s threats and intimidation.
On June 15, some teachers countrywide laid down their tools protesting what they termed discriminatory salary enhancements. The strike followed government’s proposal to increase science teachers’ salaries by over 300% while those of arts and primary teachers were not considered.
Last week, the Ministry of Public Service Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate had given teachers up to June 30, to return to work or resign saying their current strike is not backed by any law.
However, on Monday, UNATU’s general secretary, Filbert Baguma insisted that the teachers’ strike is legal adding that it is unconstitutional for government to sack them.
Baguma also urged teachers not to bow down to government’s ‘threats and intimidations’, saying by doing so, they will have betrayed the huge support they have ‘received’ from Ugandans in the fight for their rights.
Last week, government warned that any government teacher that fails to return to work, would be regarded as having abandoned duty and resigned from the Public Service in accordance with Section A –n(17)of the Public Service Standing Orders 2021.
Baguma assured striking teachers that Nobody will sack them since they have aligned lawyers to defend them.