By Wetondo Denis Julius
Eighty workers at Mbale School of the deaf have been given indefinite suspension after demanding payment of 13 months’ salary arrears and appointment letters.
The affected workers are teachers, guards, cleaners, and cooks who are not on government pay roll but were being paid wages from the PTA account.
According to James Mwayafu, a cook who is one of the affected workers, they have been working for the last thirteen months without pay and appointment letters which alarmed them.
“As affected workers, we have on several times tried to seek explanation from Rose Nelima, the head teacher but in vain,” he said.
He also revealed that it was last week when they tried to pressurize the headteacher for the salary arrears that they were served with suspension letters instead.
The affected workers then sought relief from the office of the chairman board of governors.
Steven Masiga, chairman of the board at the School when contacted said before the suspension of the staff he had severally talked to the headteacher to clear the arrears.
“The money which these workers demand has accumulated to the tune of about 300 million shillings which is going to be hard for the school to pay since the majority of the students are at home because of the covid19 lockdown,” Masiga said.
Masiga urged the district through DEO or Ministry of education to intervene into the matter such that the workers don’t take further legal steps against the school.
However getting a comment from the headteacher by press time was futile after she refused to give a comment on phone.