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Ugandan teachers go on strike for pay rise

Ugandan school teachers went on strike on Monday after their demands for a 20 percent pay increase were rejected, underlining the strains the government faces after Western donors cut off direct budget support last year.

The government has long promised to raise teachers’ salaries, among the lowest in the east African country’s state sector, but has struggled to meet spending commitments since the donors cut aid over corruption allegations.

In July, it emerged that tens of thousands of public workers including teachers and police officers had not received their pay for months.

James Tweheyo, secretary general of Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), said the union’s 159,000 members would not teach from Monday, when schools re-open for their final term this year, until their demands are met.

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