Evelyne Katusiime, the headteacher of Kabango Primary School says that given the increased standard of living and the harsh living conditions, an increment would help the teachers to cope and improve their standard of living.
Ruth Molly Lematia Ondoru, the Maracha East County Member of Parliament explained that the nurses and midwives, who comprise 70 percent of the health workers in the country have often been ‘marginalized and forgotten as medical practitioners’.
Alex Kayanja, one of the affected workers, says to their surprise the managers expelled some of the workers who led their colleagues to demand for a pay rise. According to Kayanja, they refused to sign the contracts because they were never given chance to read it.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has refuted reports indicating that Parliament wants an additional Shillings 90 billion to cater for MPs salaries at Shillings 24 million every month from 11 million.
Equal Opportunities Commission EOC Chairperson, Sylvia Nabatanzi, says the best practice for sharing salary increment is that each member gets equal share rather than certain staff taking higher percentages than others. She says even when money is shared equally, lowest paid staff in a public university cant reach salary of highest paid staff since they are in different salary scales.
Makerere University management has announced it will delay payment of July salary following a strike by the support staff in public universities. In a letter to staff, dated July 24th, the university secretary Charles Barugahare says the decision to delay payment of July salaries was agreed in a management meeting held on the same day.
Jimmy Otim, the Otuke district UNATU chairperson says they have concluded arrangements to drag RDC Abak to court using the union law based on the collective bargaining agreement which they had with the government.
Now, in defiance of the teachers\' demands, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakanda Rugunda this evening announced that, though the government is committed to increasing salaries for the teachers and all other civil servants, it cannot do it in the coming financial year.
When Mrs Jill Kentaro, a grade three teacher, stepped forward to face her first class in 1986, she had 40 eager pupils to instruct. 28 years later, Kentaro struggles to teach a class of 130 pupils in Kampala Capital City Council Authority Kamwokya Primary School.
District Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) have distanced themselves from the payroll mess which has led to the delay of salaries, ghost workers and non-payment of genuine workers. They have told the Parliamentary Select Committee investigating the matter that it is solely the Ministry of Public Service that is responsible.
UNATU\'s Kabale district chairperson Zadoka Tumuhimbise says teachers in Uganda do not have reason to celebrate the day. He says the teachers resolved to stay at home and mourn the plight of teachers and the declining standards of education in the nation.
The development comes after the university council agreed to give a 70% salary incentive to the staff of Makerere effective this October. According to a letter from Council sent to the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) executive on 27th August, the payment of the incentive will start with the month of October.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has ordered the Minister for Education Jessica Alupo to find a 20% salary increment for teachers in the next two weeks. The declaration comes as a surprise as less than a week ago, President Museveni insisted that he would not grant teachers the full 20% promised salary increment.
Following the NRMâ€™s Caucus resolution on Monday this week to increase teacherâ€™s salaries by 4% instead of the promised 20% increment by government in this Financial Year, MP Amuriat Oboi Patrick has described the suggestion as an insult.
As Ugandans wait to know what the 2013/2014 financial year budget holds, legislators have today come out saying that they expect government to increase salaries of civil servants especially teachers, doctors and the judiciary.
Margaret Rwabushaija, the UNATU chairperson, says that teachers have little reason to celebrate Labour Day and mark it out of obligation. She says government has to motivate teachers if the Skilling Uganda project is to succeed.