Government teachers under their UNATU umbrella agreed to suspended their strike that was clutching towards a month. These teachers last month declared a sit down strike and refused to go back to teach.
This was after government increased the salaries of science teachers. This resulted in the Arts teachers laying down their tools. Despite numerous pleas and interventions from the government, these had refused to go back not until a second meeting with President Museveni yesterday.
In this meeting, an angry Museveni reportedly told these teachers to stop interfering with government programs. He also told them that he hadn’t come to debate with them but rather rather listen to a new strategy he heard that they had gotten with the Vice President. Sources added that UNATU Secretary General Filbert Baguma stood up to speak and the President interrupted him midway.
“I didn’t come for fresh negotiations. Those ones ended and we gave you our position. I didn’t come here to hear. We know your issues, I was told you have come here to tell me something new regarding your meeting with the Vice President,” Museveni is quoted to have said.
Furthermore, Museveni made it clear that the salaries for Arts teachers won’t be increased for now but will be done so in the future.
After this meeting that was attended by over 200 teachers in their regional clusters, it was agreed that the sit down strike be suspended with immediate effect. Teachers starting today 5th July 2022 are all expected to report back to their work stations.
In this meeting was also the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni who helped in the negotiations.
Usher Wilson Owere the NOTU and Workers MP while speaking to journalists after the meeting said that the President seemed so angry in this meeting.
“The president came angry but later calmed down and listened to what the teachers were saying. He said there is no money for this. Teachers were not happy thinking he would pay them but asked them for more time,” Owere told journalists.