NAIROBI, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Kenyan teachers have called off a strike for higher pay that started on Sept. 3 after signing a deal with the government, their union said on Monday.
Under the terms of the deal, public school teachers will get a pay rise of 5,250 shillings for the lowest paid, taking their pay to 19,000 shillings ($220) a month. The highest paid will get 142,000 shillings a month, a rise of 22,000 shillings.
Unions had demanded between 100 and 300 percent pay rises.
Teachers in Uganda are striking for a salary increase which will provide them with a living wage.
Teachers in Uganda earn as little as $96 a month under conditions where inflation is running at 20 %. The teachers – who are members of the union Ugandan National Teachers Association (UNATU) are demanding a 100% rise. Teachers are among the worst paid government employees in the country – yet Yoweri Museveni – President of Uganda since 1986 – says that an increase for teachers is not a priority. Instead the government is prioritising infrastructure which will allow it to become one of the world’s top 50 oil producers.
Teachers in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan have threatened to commit suicide if their salaries are not paid.
The group of 50 teachers have not been paid for ten months and are unable to survive – even though they have been carrying out their duties at their respective primary schools every day. They have threatened to set up a camp where they will go on hunger strike and self immolate if they are not paid.
PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of French teachers and their supporters took to the streets Tuesday for a national strike and protests over education job cuts under President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government.
As children nationwide packed into a shrinking number of classes because their teachers were out, Sarkozy insisted that his first responsibility was to private-sector workers and employers facing international competition at a time of economic woe, not state employees.
[KENYA] Classrooms have remained shut for more than 10 million students as about 200,000 members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers stayed away.
The union says it wants 28,000 new teachers hired on a permanent basis to cope with a surge in students …
[KENYA] Many schools across the country were on Tuesday shut down by a teachers’ strike called to pressure the government to recruit an additional 28,000 teachers.
The strike does not affect private schools. In Nairobi, the Kenya National Union of Teachers said the strike would continue until their demands are met.