Suspension of strike is not sign of defeat
Posted Sunday, September 29 2013 at 01:00
The suspension of the teachers’ strike should not be seen as defeat for teachers. The strike managed to keep teachers out of the classroom for 10 days and rattled the authorities.
This is the first time a strike by teachers has been this successful. When a strike is allowed to go on for too long, weariness begins to set in and many people begin to give up, and the general population also gets tired of the strikers and their grievances. So it was essential for the strike to be strategically suspended.
The government now knows that teachers are organised and will strike again if they are not given what is due to them.
Teachers should, therefore, not be discouraged. They should instead get more organised, open a union account and have all members start depositing some money every month.
Since their numbers are big, in a few years, they will have pecuniary muscle to support them. That will enable them to pursue their issues with the government and other employers with vigour and from a position of strength.
Uganda National Teachers’ Union should also urge its members and their families to participate in the next elections, with their welfare as a major election issue.
Dr Geoffrey Buga,