Makerere University Staff Threaten Strike

story geneva; font-size: small;”>MUASA chairman Dr Mohammed Kiggundu told press on Tuesday that it’s their role “to communicate to the concerned audience before taking necessary action.”

cure geneva; font-size: small;”>He sent a warning to the university administration, saying “they should not bother the students by calling them for next semester because the academic staff will not execute our duties if this issue is not solved.”

Kiggundu further said that “in Uganda today we have about twenty professors while others that qualified to be professors migrated to outside countries were they are paid highly, so the patriots who remained here need to be paid good salaries instead of the peanuts we are earning.”

He also advised the Ministry of Education to intervene in the matters concerning their salary increment before the situation worsens.

“We also have financial obligations to meet. Enough is enough. Either we get 100 percent increment of our salaries or we will lay down out tools,” said Kiggundu.

The statement comes against the backdrop of threats by teachers that they would strike if government fell short of increasing their salaries by the same rate.

President Yoweri Museveni has since warned teachers against striking, saying they face grave consequences since “many young people are moving around without jobs.”

Makerere University management in May endorsed the proposal that the salaries of all staff including lecturers by raised by 100 percent for the financial year 2013/2014.

The institution’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Ritah Namisango, told this website then that the move to increase the remuneration was aimed at ensuring “the University runs smoothly.”

Makerere Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu in May said he shared the concerns of staff to increase the salaries by 100 percent.

“A Professor (highly qualified) gets only Shs3m per month. Their demand is justifiable; we need a better remuneration for all Makerere University staff.”

Government last month said the resource envelope was limited and that it would consider salary increment of civil servants in future.


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