Makerere University employees are meeting this afternoon for a general assembly to discuss the way forward on their 100% salary increment this financial year.
Makerere University staff have warned the institution’s management that they will not teach unless council honours their salary increment pledge. The first semester starts on August 17.
Early last month Dr Muhammed Kiggundu, the academic staff chairperson said following the strike suspension in May, Council, the highest decision making body, promised that salaries of both teaching and non-teaching staff would be increased in the new financial year. However, the staff are now skeptical since a salary increment wasn’t allocated in the national Budget in June.
“We are not ready to offer our labour if our salaries are not raised by 100 per cent. Parents are advised to stay with their children until this matter is resolved,” Dr Kiggundu Muhammed.
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The Staff comprising of the teaching, non teaching and administrative staff have since April demanded for a salary increment which was included in this year’s University’s budget but Government and the University council which is the supreme body have of late said that the national treasury is to broke to give them the 100% salary increment.
According to the Makerere University Academic staff association Spokesperson Luis Kakinda, this meeting is to decide whether the university opens on 17th this month or not.
However anger is boiling among most staff who are suggesting to lay down tools until government meets its promise to increase their salaries by 100% this financial year. Our reporter is already at the university and we shall keep you posted on the latest development on this story.