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Jinja Hotel and Tourism Threaten to Strike Over Lessons

They claim that their tutors skip lessons citing none payment of their salaries for the last six months.

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Tension is mounting at Jinja Hotel and Tourism Training Institute–HTTI following threats by students to stage a strike because of missing lessons. They claim that their tutors skip lessons citing non payment of their salaries for the last six months. Adrian Ohara, a Hotel Operations student says the institute has experienced several strikes by tutors in several months. He says the tutors are not teaching because they have not been paid their salaries.

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As a result, the students claim that they have missed out on practical skills training over the last two years. Beatrice Asiomizo, a Hotel Operations student says despite the fact that some tutors show up, their morale is too low.

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Jinja Hotel and Tourism Training Institute is a government institution under the ministry of Tourism. However, most of the staff is not on the government payroll. The staff is only paid after government releases subsidies to the institute. Gideon Rubaremwa, a Food Production tutor says he has not been paid over the last three months adding that, several others are affected. He says that they cannot afford transport to go and teach at the institute. Miriam Namutosi, the Principal Jinja Hotel and Tourism Training Institutesays their total wage bill is 38 million shillings.

Staff earn between 190,000 to 1.5 million shillings depending on their qualifications and position.

 

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Grace Aulo, the Director Ministry of Tourism says the ministry will expedite the update of the pay payroll to include staffs ofJinja Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. The Hotel and Tourism training institute was established in 1984. It is the only government aided Hospitality training institution in the country.

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