Striking teachers to be removed from payroll – PS Bitarakwate |

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Service Catherine Bitarakwate

KAMPALA – The Ministry of Civil Service Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate, has ordered government-employed teachers to return to their respective posts by June 24, 2022, without fail or risk of dismissal.

The directive an ongoing industrial strike by the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) against what they described as discriminatory pay improvements, a development which has since been described by Ms Bitarakwate as illegal and in complete violation of the provisions of the collective agreement signed by the government in 2018.

UNATU Secretary General Filbert Baguma revealed that they had met with President Yoweri Museveni last week in the presence of other senior government officials to express their displeasure and that the matter had been referred to the Ministry of Civil Service and the Ministry of Finance to review the proposed payment plan and ensure that their remuneration is also improved.

He noted, however, that industrial action was continuing pending the outcome of the review process.

“Our resumption of service depends on; how quickly the Ministries of Public Service and Finance conclude the review process and whether the outcome of said review process is satisfactory and addresses the issue of equitable salary increase for all teachers at all levels,” he said in a statement.

Today, Bitarakwate said in a strong letter that while teachers, like all other government employees, have rights, including the right to withdraw their work, the current strike is illegal and in violation of the law.

“The strike is illegal and in violation of the principles and spirit of the law and in particular sections 7(2)(a) and (b); and 8(1) and (3) and the Public Service Negotiation, Consultation and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Act 2008 and the Recognition Agreement signed under that Act, as neither UNATU ‘gave strike notice nor has the dispute resolution mechanism been exhausted,’ she said. said.

She further noted that the claim that the strike had been ongoing since 2019 and therefore there was no need for further notice is both misleading and legally indefensible.

Bitarakwate revealed that requests from teachers cannot be processed in the 2022/23 financial year.

“While the government is committed to working with all parties to achieve better salaries for all civil servants, your requests for salary improvements cannot be processed in the financial year 2022/23,” he said. she declared.

She noted that teachers who do not comply with the call back to work will be deemed to have abandoned their positions and resigned from the public service.

“Teachers who do not wish to work under the prevailing terms and conditions are free to withdraw from work and those who disagree are encouraged to seek redress through the courts,” reads an excerpt from the statement. .

“By copy of this letter, the directors general and the clerks are called upon to take stock of the teachers present and to report the teachers absent by June 30, 2023 under penalty of possible radiation from the payroll.

See the full statement

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE PLOT 12 NAKASERO HILL ROAD
PO BOX 7003 KAMPALA UGANDA

In all correspondence on ADM/218/264/0 1
this topic please quote no. ………………..

June 22, 2022

The Secretary General
Uganda National Union of Teachers (UNATU)
BP 377 KAMPALA

UGANDA NATIONAL TEACHERS UNION CONCERN OVER SEGREGATIVE PAY IMPROVEMENT PROPOSAL AND CALL FOR INDUSTRY ACTION

Reference is made to your letter ref: UNATU/MPS/05/022 dated 25 May 2022 and press release dated 11 June 2022 calling for industrial action by all members of the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) effective June 15, 2022. Grounds for industrial action cited in the press release include a discriminatory wage increase and the government’s failure to uphold the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2018.

The government wishes to reiterate its commitment to improving the salaries of all public officials. This is evidenced by the gradual increase in salaries that has been achieved so far, the implementation of which will continue within the limits of available resources. For example, over the last two years we had to set aside other priorities to deal with surviving against Covid 19. The government’s priority was to fight Covid 19 and not to raise wages.

The current improvement of science teachers has been informed by the resources available, the number of teachers involved and the impact that scientists can have on the development of this country. We are sure you agree that we need a workforce that is educated in all aspects of life, but more in the sciences. We believe this will attract and retain the critical skills the country needs right now.
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While teachers, like all other government employees, enjoy rights and freedoms under the Constitution and relevant laws, including the right to retire from work, the current industrial action by UNATU members is unlawful and contrary to the principles and spirit of the law and in particular sections 7(2)(a) and (b); and 8 (1) and (3) and the Public Service Negotiation, Consultation and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Act 2008 and the Recognition Agreement signed under that Act because neither UNATU gave strike notice or exhausted the dispute resolution mechanism.

The claim that the strike had been going on since 2019 and therefore there was no need for a new notice is both misleading and legally indefensible.

Second, we have noted with concern that you and your members have decided to close the schools. We wish to inform you that no teacher, whether on strike or not, has the right or legal justification to close a public school without the consent of the Ugandan government.

While the government is committed to working with all parties to achieve better salaries for all civil servants, your requests for salary increases cannot be processed in the 2022/23 financial year.

With this in mind, the purpose of this letter is to communicate as follows:

1. All government employed teachers are advised to return to their respective duty stations by June 24, 2022 without fail.

2. Any government employed teacher who fails to comply with this call shall be deemed to have abandoned their duties and resigned from public service in accordance with Section An (17) of the Uganda Public Service Regulations, 2021.

3. Teachers who are unwilling to work under the prevailing terms and conditions are free to withdraw their work in accordance with Section An (11) of the Civil Service Regulations.

4. Those who disagree with any of the above points are encouraged to seek redress through the courts.

The government has not issued any guidelines for the closure of a school and therefore any instruction contrary to learners is considered illegal. All schools should follow the Ministry of Education and Sports school calendar for the 2nd term of 2022.

By copy of this letter, the Directors General and the Registrars are called upon to take stock of the Teachers present and to submit the Teachers absent before June 30, 2022 for possible removal from the payroll.

Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire (Ms) PERMANENT SECRETARY

Copy to: Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda First Lady and Hon. Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Minister of Public Service
Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Hon. Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development
Hon. Attorney General, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Head of Civil Service Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Sports Permanent Secretary/Treasury Secretary
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government
All Chief Executive Officers—Local District Governments All City Clerks—City and Town Councils



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