In all meetings, according to our source, the efforts of government officials to encourage teachers to stop the strike failed. After three days of deadlock, the government convened its first extraordinary Council meeting with Unatu and other union leaders at the Ministry of Public Service on 23 May. Teachers went on strike for the first time in July and joined other Ugandans who protested against the rising cost of living before restarting talks with the government. The government declared that the recent strike was illegal and threatened to dismiss the participants. Last week, The Minister of State for Public Service, David Karubanga, said that the second phase, to be funded at GJ 2019/20, had been discussed but influenced by other “critical” priority areas of the government, such as defence and security, the completion of critical oil infrastructure and power plants, the relaunch of the national airline and the fight against youth employment. This informs you that, since the meeting with UNATU on 28 August 2011, the following steps have been taken on the topics you raised in your letter concerning the Ministry of Public Service: after you were unable to reach an agreement on Friday, a new meeting of a small team of Unatu leaders was convened last Saturday in the meeting room of the Ministry of Finance. At the meeting, which began at 10 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m., the government reiterated its two-week proposal. In what is seen as confirmation of the lack of teacher pay increase in the 2015-2016 budget, says Minister of State for Primary Education, Chyrestom Muyingo, that the government simply does not have the money to increase teachers` salaries this year. “Jamaica`s teachers are a base in our society. We have all been influenced by teachers who have played a crucial role in our own lives and we would not be where we are without our teachers,” he said. President Museveni stressed that there must be priorities within the priorities and added that there was no education to discuss without security, quality infrastructure and electricity. Dr Clarke said he was pleased that an agreement had been reached to make all parties involved comfortable.
The meeting agreed that teachers were suspending their planned mandate strike, as the government continued to mobilize the necessary resources. KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan teachers went on strike for the second time this year after months of fruitless talks with the government over a 100% pay rise.