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Press Release: UNATU suspends industrial action awaiting implementation of government commitments (26.05.2015)

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The Leadership of the Teachers’ Union Countrywide unanimously resolved to enter into an industrial action effective 14th May 2015, due to Government’s failure to pay the 10% salary increment for teachers in FY 2015/16 as had been committed in 2011. The industrial action has been on for the past 13 days.

As concerned stakeholders in education, we have been taking lead in negotiations so that the issue at hand is sorted out within the shortest time possible to allow the learners resume normal studies.

In the negotiation meetings chaired by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and the 1st Deputy Prime Minister and attended by several ministers held on 18th and 21st May respectively, no tangible proposals were put forth.

Until yesterday, 25th of May, Government had been adamant in making any formal commitment as regards the 10% salary increment for teachers despite the Union’s efforts in providing practical and viable options/ sources for the increment.

In yesterday’s meeting with the top leadership of the Union, Government made the following commitments;
• 15% salary increment in FY 2016/17
• Teachers SACCO funds to be immediately released to the Apex body of the Teachers’ SACCOs
• No intimidation/ victimization/ harassment of teachers for having participated in the industrial action
• A joint committee comprising Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, Ministry of Public Service and Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and UNATU be constituted to identify and advise Government on measures to improve the quality of education.

UNATU being a democratic and member-driven union had to subject the above proposals with the entire teacher leadership countrywide for discussion and resolution at a meeting held on 26th May 2015. Government’s position was presented by Hon. Jim Muhwezi, the Minister of Information and National Guidance. Hon. David Bahati, the Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development was also in attendance.

After a thorough discussion of Government’s proposals, the teacher leaders have resolved to SUSPEND the industrial action on condition that;
i. Government does not breach the implementation of the above commitments within the stipulated time.
ii. No salary increments are effected in FY 2015/16 including the proposed 40% allowance increment for Members’ of Parliament because Government maintains that it has no funds for wage increments.
iii. Government fulfills its commitment of immediately releasing the Teacher SACCO funds to the Apex body of the Teachers’ SACCOs
iv. District officials desist from any form of intimidation, victimization and harassment of teachers in regard to the industrial action
It was further resolved that should government fail to honor their commitment or fail to meet the above conditions, this time round, the Industrial action will resume indefinitely.

Message to the Teachers
UNATU congratulates teachers for the spirited struggle and thanks different support teams upon the successes registered in this industrial action.
The Union hereby clarifies that the Industrial action is not off, but only SUSPENDED to allow Government time to fulfill her commitments. UNATU will continue to monitor the progress of these commitments and by the 30th of September, we expect Government to have included the 15% salary increment in the budget call circular and fully released the said SACCO funds

We therefore call upon all teachers to return to school and resume teaching with effect from Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 8:00am.

Please note that the industrial action is fully protected by the existing laws and hence no teacher should be intimidated or be subjected to any form of harassment as a result of having participated in the industrial action. Individual teachers and other leaders should report such cases immediately for redress.

“Because we are, the Nation is”

General Secretary – James Tweheyo

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Long road of “ghost’s” in Uganda

It’s been a long road with ghosts in Uganda. This isn’t really news other than the smear fact of Keith Muhakanizi’s hanging those who civil servants whose been using the system for gaining extra cash instead of paying them. Sure didn’t get the memo of ghost medicine saga of 2008 or all the fun accident of government monies happily ending in MPs or Ministers pockets.

Keith Muhakanizi the newest secretary of treasury. Who is working to eliminated “ghosts”. The plan is to get all the civil servants to write their signature on the work hours. Still that effort isn’t paying off!  Keith is saying “if you have ghosts on your payroll: I’ll hang you!” he continues: “I didn’t realize that it was enough ghosts hanging over because central government system over time, nobody would take accountability!” Then Keith showed the world the crazy eyes of leadership (Check the footage of NTV Uganda).

If the reforms will make it as the news reporters say: the four months will be a year. So that the signature scheme to sufficiently stop the “ghost” practice. Chimpreports recently also tells the story of the Ministry of Education is going after “old ghost money” that FUFA is expecting 10% of each sponsorship that the clubs in the Ugandan Super League (USL).

In December 2013 in all year of Shs 70 billion went to ghost prisoners. The incidence of 396 out of 769 names can’t be validated or sound real (Monitor.co.ug).

So that the Keith Muhakanizi has a lot to do, especially since there has happen a lot since August 2013. Therefore his report and works has to anticipate more loads of work and maybe some new reports to make a difference. That’s why as secretary of treasury he got a few papers and “ghosts” to hang! Peace.

Links:

MoE, FUFA and USL:

http://chimpreports.com/index.php/sport/football/18168-old-money-ghost-may-haunt-fufa-usll-again.html

Prisoners:

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Government-pays-ghost-pensioners-again–new-inquiry-shows/-/688334/2094320/-/15b0jebz/-/index.html

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