The current membership of close to 150,000 comprises teachers actively teaching in the education sub-sectors of, Primary, Secondary, Primary Teachers colleges, National Teachers Colleges & Business, Technical, Vocational Education &Training institutions.
Negotiation: UNATU negotiates on behalf of her members/ teachers for salary enhancement, better conditions of service and other labor related rights and obligations for teachers.
Representation: UNATU represents her members on a number of National and International fora to ensure that the teachers’ interests are protected.
Individual Cases: All fully subscribing members of UNATU benefit from its one-on –one services where the Union handles ‘personal cases’ relating to one’s conditions of service at no cost. For example deletions from payroll, missing/ half pay, unfair dismissals, harassment at the workplace among others
Processing of Gratuity payments: UNATU assists members about to retire in processing their retirement and other benefits at no extra cost.
Personal claims: UNATU helps members in processing compensation in case of an accident while on official work.
Legal advice and assistance: Members of UNATU receive free legal advice and assistance on matters directly related to their employment and conditions of service.
Overtime, UNATU has settled several cases concerning teachers and Credit institutions as well as insurance companies. As school representatives, we must educate our colleagues about how to avoid falling into the ‘traps’ of these institutions when accessing loans and insurance schemes.
What we must know about loans and insurance scheme.
Before acquiring any loan or insurance scheme, endeavor to read and all the contents of the Agreement and sign only after you have understood them.
After signing, you must keep for yourself a copy of the loan or insurance scheme agreement for future reference.
Members’ economic empowerment: UNATU started a SACCO for its members to be able to access affordable financial services.
The Union has observed that 90% of the teachers who borrow from Micro-finance institutions are cheated through over- deductions, failure to remove codes upon completion of the loan. We advise and request our membership to desist from borrowing from such institutions. You can borrow from the respective teachers’ SACCOs in your area or at worst commercial banks but not micro-finance institutions.
Teacher development- (Professionalism): UNATU supports teachers to cope with the contemporary issues in education and to improve on their classroom delivery. This is done through In service-training, STIR training for Secondary as well as on rights and obligations. UNATU also links its members to scholarship opportunities
Gender and women empowerment: female members and other male leaders in the union are also exposed to key legal instruments, international and national legislations and other issues concerning their rights and risks pertaining to them. They also benefit from our mentorship programmes in leadership and entrepreneurship.
Leadership positions: All active members of the Union have an opportunity to be elected in various positions of leadership within the union and other affiliate organizations.
Note: While all teachers can benefit from UNATU’s negotiations for better welfare, other benefits are closed and only apply to active and subscribing members.
Belonging and identity: UNATU gives members free Identity Cards which gives them a sense of belonging. UNATU is the teachers’ trusted companion during and after their time of service in the profession.
UNATU Corporate wear: On 5th October 2017 during the World Teachers’ Day celebrations in Moroto, H.E the President of Uganda officially launched the Teachers’ Corporate wear in form of branded Shirts and Blouses to be given FREELY to all UNATU members in a phased manner according to regions. So far, Corporate wear has been purchased for Karamoja and West Nile regions. Plans are underway to distribute this consignment. The next regions to benefit are Central and Western.
NB: School representatives are responsible for collecting and submitting information to the Secretariat on shirt/ blouse sizes for MEMBERS in their school. Once the corporate wear is received, he/she distributes it and ensures that the acknowledgment form is signed by EACH recipient and returned to the Branch Chairperson.
The Teachers’ watch dog: UNATU has always strongly and openly condemned and fought against policies, systems and practices that are oppressive to teachers through the media and other channels. UNATU is now recognized as the only authentic Teachers’ Voice. For example, the Union strongly condemned the plans by Nakaseke Local Government to subject teachers to PLE as a way of testing their suitability to teach. Due to our pressure, the plans were henceforth dropped.
Better status and welfare for our members: UNATU has continuously engaged Government resulting into teachers’ and head teachers’ salaries in all education sub sectors being gradually increased since 2006. Some categories of teachers have benefitted from an increment of over 60%.
The Union also negotiated for the scientists’ allowance of 30% given to civil servants to be extended to teachers. Our efforts led to a new pay grade for science teachers that was effected in FY 2012/13.
Through our negotiation, Government started the implementation of the scheme of service for teachers which resulted into a number of members benefitting from promotions. We are still advocating for the full implementation of the scheme across all education sectors.
UNATU has also managed to settle several teacher management issues for example Unfriendly transfers, delayed payment of salaries and residual arrears, irregular appointments, unexplained deletion from payroll, gratuity payments, and many others including payroll retirement processes.
UNATU has also been the force behind the much-appreciated reforms in the payroll management system for example salary payments being decentralized and payments made before 28th of every month.
UNATU led the process of removal of grading of schools and now head teachers and deputies regardless of the status of what school earn the same salary.
UNATU not only strongly condemned the unfair implementation of the Customized Performance Targets; a position that saved many headteachers from demotion but also technically caused the amendment of the CPTs and supported head teachers to internalize it.
Establishment of a teacher Economic support mechanism: In 2012, our UNATU SACCO was officially registered and has continued offering affordable financial services to members. UNATU also spearheaded the formation of the Uganda Teachers’ SACCO Union (Apex) now Walimu SACCO and championed the advocacy for the Presidential funds meant to supplement the Teachers’ welfare to be channeled to the Walimu SACCO as opposed to being managed by Microfinance Support Centre. As School representatives, you should encourage members to subscribe to UNATU SACCO or other Teachers’ SACCOs to be able to benefit from these funds at affordable interest rates.
Popularization of Government policies and directives: UNATU ensures that members are updated with Government policies and directives which affect them directly. For example, the popularization of the MOES HIV/AIDS Workplace policy, revised Professional Code of Conduct, Validation exercises among others. UNATU acts as a credible source of information for teachers concerning their profession. UNATU has also been part of the task team developing a National Teacher Policy and a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) framework.
UNATU membership is open to all teachers in Government schools in Uganda regardless of race or the level of teaching.
Joining the Union is Voluntary.
Identify yourself as a teacher at your Branch or regional office nearest to you
Fill in a membership commitment form
The teacher’s full name shall then be entered in the Union membership register
Pay membership and subscription dues which amounts to 1% of one’s monthly salary. These deductions are done at source by the Ministries of Public Service and Finance.
On checking off, the teachers shall then be provided with a membership card bearing her/his full name, address and other particulars