BY PASCAL KWESIGA
The Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) has called off their national wide strike.
According to Government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, UNATU leaders resolved to call off the strike in a meeting with government ministers last evening.
Ofwono told a news conference at Uganda Media Center in Kampala on Wednesday that the Government and teachers agreed to continue negotiating until the teachers get a pay rise.
The decision came after some teachers in various parts of the country resumed teaching and reportedly asked Government to punish their colleagues who were still on strike.
The Government promised to increase teachers’ salaries by 50% instead of 100% that they had demanded in 2011.
The increment was supposed to be implemented starting with 15% in 2012, 20% in 2013 and 15% in 2014. Although the teachers received the first 15% increment last year, 20% salary increment was not included in the 2013/2014 budget.
The Government said it had invested a lot of money in electricity generation and roads construction and asked the teachers to wait for the increment in the next financial year. The teachers went on strike last week as schools opened for third term.
UNATU-Govt agreement by The New Vision