Government finally bows to Pressure, invites UNATU for dialogue

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KAMPALA– The Ministry of Public Service Permanent Secretary Ms Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwire has written to the Secretary General of Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) inviting him for a meeting.

According to a letter dated June 28th 2022, addressed  to the UNATU Secretary General and signed by Ms Bitarakwate, the meeting is expected to take place on Friday July 1st 2022 at the Ministry of Public Service Boardroom.

Ms Bitarakwate asked the UNATU Secretary General Filbert Baguma to go with other 4 members of the Union Executive Members to discuss issues raised by UNATU that sparked off an industrial action that started on June 15th 2022.

Ms Musingwire made it categorically clear that the meeting will focus on the issues raised for industrial action.

The invitation by the Permanent Secretary comes after the UNATU Secretary General asked the teachers to stay at home until the government addresses the issue of salary enhancement disparities.

However, by today morning, most Chief Adminstrative Officers had directed Parish Chiefs to make a head count of the teachers who are at school teaching so that they can know those who have absconded and delete them from the government payroll by 30th June 2022.

However, sources from the Ministry of Public Service intimated to our reporter that the scheduled meeting will reach an agreement with UNATU in order for them to call off the industrial action. 

Here below we reproduce the letter written by the Permanent Secretary and copied to the Minister of Public Service.