After issuing threats and ultimatums in her previous communication to the teachers through their umbrella UNATU, Minister of Public Service Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate has jotted another letter inviting striking teachers for talks.

In her June 22nd letter to teachers, Bitarakwate issued a government directive which gave teachers upto 24th June to either get back to class or resign and she also ordered Chief Administrative officers to note down all striking teachers to be deleted from the government payroll.

However, the defiant UNATU leadership ordered their members not to succumb to threats and ultimatum but continue staying away from classes. This was followed by more threats by Prime Minister Nabbanja, Minister Chris Baryomunsi among others who all re-echoed the same threats that didn’t push back the striking teachers back to class.

With teachers still determined to stay away from classes until their grievances are addressed, government has invited UNATU leaders for talks to discuss the way forward.

“This is therefore to invite you and four of your union executive committee members with the ministry of public service on Friday 1st July 2022 at 2:00pm in the ministry boardroom. The issues will focus will on issues raised for industrial action”- reads part of the invitation.

Arts teachers under UNATU laid down their tools on 15th June immediately after the reading on the national budget after government increased salaries of their science counter parts by over 400% with UGX4 million.

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