FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ABOUT UNATU MEMBERSHIP
KNOW YOUR UNION
Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) is a Teachers’ Labour Union that was registered in 2003 under the Trade Union Act of 1971 now the Labour Unions Act of 2006 to promote and protect the Social, Economic, intellectual and professional interests of its members/teachers. UNATU is a formally recognized Public Service Union under the Public Service Negotiating, Consultative and Disputes Settlement Machinery, Act 2008.
UNATU currently represents teachers employed by Government actively teaching in the education sub-sectors of; Primary, Secondary, Primary Teachers Colleges, National Teachers Colleges & Business, Technical, Vocational Education &Training institutions.
Teachers working in private education institutions are currently associate members of UNATU
UNATU membership is currently open to all qualified and registered teachers employed by Government regardless of race or the level of teaching.
• Joining the Union is Voluntary.
• Identify yourself as a teacher at the Branch, Regional or National office nearest to you or to a UNATU leader
• 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 gross salary. These deductions are done at source by the Ministries of Public Service and Finance.
• On checking off, the teachers shall then submit a passport photo and will be provided with a membership card bearing her/his passport photo, full name, address and IPPS number. All UNATU members are entitled to corporate wear given freely by the Union
The 1% that members contribute monthly to UNATU is NOT a saving with the Union. The Union uses the 1% to offer the following services to members;
• Negotiations with the employer for salary enhancement, better conditions of service and other labour related rights.
• Representation on a number of National and International fora to protect teachers’ interests and ensure that the voice of the teachers is heard locally, regionally and globally.
• Handling of individual cases relating to one’s conditions of professional service at no cost.
• Processing of Gratuity and Pension payments at no extra cost. • Free legal advice and assistance on professional related matters • Affordable financial services to members through the UNATU SACCO a brain child of UNATU
• Teacher professional development through In-service training, membership education and training, and scholarship opportunities.
• Gender and women empowerment through trainings and mentoring of female teachers. • Processing personal claims related to salaries, pension and gratuity and compensation in case of an accident while on official work.
• Leadership opportunities for teachers within the union and other affiliate organizations.
• Belonging and identity through free membership identity cards and corporate wear.
• Cash contribution of UGX 300,000/= as condolence to the bereaved families of deceased members
UNATU’s Headquarters are housed in our own premises at Teachers House; Plot 28/30, Bombo Road. The Union also has 10 regional offices across the country with full-time staff (Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Arua, Gulu, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Masaka, and Moroto). We also have 2 sub regional offices in Lira and Masindi.
While all teachers can benefit from UNATU’s negotiations for better welfare, other benefits are closed and only apply to active and subscribing members