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Makerere Endorses Staffs' 100% Salary Increment

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drugs http://dancehallarena.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache.php geneva; color: #222222;”>The institution’s Senior Public Relations Officer, viagra approved Ritah Namisango, clinic told this website on Saturday evening the move to increase the remuneration was aimed at ensuring “the University runs smoothly, and that students sit for their examinations scheduled to start on Monday 6th May 2013.”

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“Management convened today (May 4) to compute and include the 100 percent salary increment for all staff in the Makerere University Budget for the financial year 2013/2014,” said Namisango.


During the meeting, Vice Chancellor Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu, 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.


However, the University Management and the University Council do not support the strike because it will affect the smooth running of the University including the examinations, which are scheduled to start on Monday 6th May 2013,” said Ddumba.


Observers say this is a record success for Makerere University Staff Association (MUASA) which had for several years relentlessly pressed for an increment of their salaries due to the ever rising cost of living.


Namisango said at its special meeting held on May 3 (starting at 9:00am), the University Council, which is the supreme governing body of the University, considered the staff request for 100 percent salary increment.


“The University Council fully appreciated the concerns raised by staff regarding salary increment and concluded that the University Council would take up the matter with Government,” said Namisango, adding, “A letter to this effect would be written so that there is An Addendum (indicating the inclusion of 100 percent salary increment) in the Makerere University budget for the financial Year 2013/2014, which had been submitted to the Ministry of Education and Sports on March 31, 2013.”


Namisango further noted that when this decision of the University Council was communicated to the staff during their General Assembly held on Friday, the staff said they were not satisfied with the fact that their demand for salary increment would be presented as an “addendum,” they demanded that the University Council includes the (100 percent salary increment for all staff) in the “main body” of the Makerere University Budget for the financial Year 2013/2014.

Tools down

Subsequently, at the staff General Meeting “resolved to lay down tools effective midnight on May 3 until the demand to include 100 percent salary increment in the financial year starting July 2013/2014 Makerere University budget as starting point is fulfilled.”


The Chairperson of MUASA communicated this decision to the Chairperson of Council in a letter dated May 3, 2013. The letter was delivered at 6:20pm.


“But on Saturday May 4, in consultation with the Chairperson of Council, the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu convened a management meeting aimed at incorporating the 100 percent salary increment into the Makerere University budget,” said Namisango.


The University Management has also held a meeting with the Executives of the three staff associations (MUASA, MASA, NUEIU) today at 2:45pm.


Ddumba said the revised budget would be delivered to the Ministry of Education and Sports on Monday (May 6).


“I appeal to all staff to lift their tools to enable the University to go through a successful examination season,” said Dumba.


Ddumba also informed the Executives of the three staff associations that the University Bursar and the Finance Department are reviewing the Makerere University budget for the financial year 2013/2014 which had been submitted to the Ministry of education and Sports on 31st March 2013 (excluding the 100% salary increment) and are computing figures to come up with a revised Makerere University budget factoring in the salary rise.


“As soon as the University Bursar and the Finance Department complete the work (probably this evening), the Vice Chancellor will re-convene a meeting with the Executives of the three staff associations to share a copy and we are optimistic that these efforts will be fruitful,” said Ddumba.


“We appeal to the students to remain calm, and continue reading in preparation for the examinations scheduled to start on Monday.”

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