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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.
Premier Rugunda says the government does not have money to increase teachers salaries now

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Teachers and other civil servants will have to wait for another year for salary increment. The government has finally come out, saying that no public servant will receive pay-rise in the 2015/16 financial year, owing to the tight budgetary constraints being experienced.

Teachers on Thursday this week announced a strike after the government failed to include the 10 percent salary increment they agreed with the government in 2011 in the budget call circular.

The teachers under their umbrella union, the Uganda National Teachers Union said they will not go to schools until the money is included. They immediately handed over all the schools to the district and municipal education officers.

Now, in response to the teachers\' demands, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakanda Rugunda on Saturday evening announced that, though the government is committed to increasing salaries for the teachers and all other civil servants, it cannot do so in the coming financial year.

Rugunda says the decision not to increase the salaries comes after government evaluated the economy and found out that there would be no funds to increase salaries for all public workers. Building infrastructure is the government\'s number one priority for the 2015/2016 financial year.

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Rugunda says while government has failed to meet the salary demands of the teachers, other issues the agreed with the government during the 2011 industrial actions are being addressed.

He cites the teachers SACCO money, remittance of the capitation grants, allowance to science teachers and operationalization of teachers scheme of service as some of the issues the government has started implementing.

He says while the least paid teacher earns over 400, 000 shillings, other civil servants on the same salary scale of U7 earn a paltry 268, 000 shillings a month.

He has challenged the teachers to be appreciative to government for making them a priority in salary increment.

Rugunda however has appealed to the teachers to abandon the idea of industrial action and resume teaching on Monday 18th next week. He says the government position is that schools will open on Monday and expects all teachers to be present on duty next week.

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Dr. Rugunda however stopped short of issuing an ultimatum to the teachers over the strike. In 2013, teachers were enraged when Jessica Alupo, the education minister threatened to sack all those who were striking over salary increment.

Teachers across the country have been in running battles with the education ministry since 2011 over pay-rise. While initially they wanted 100 percent pay-rise, the figures later on reduced to 50 percent after negotiating with the government.

The 50 percent was supposed to be effected over a period of three consecutive financial years. 40 percent increment has been achieved, with the remaining 10 percent to be completed in 2015/16 financial year, according to the agreement reach at the time. However, in the ongoing budgeting process, the increment has not been included, prompting teachers to call for immediate strike that took effect on Thursday 14th this week.

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