Uganda Public Universities Strike over Salary Disputes

Uganda Public Universities Strike over Salary Disputes

The teaching staff from Makerere, Kyambogo and MUBs University among others have resolved to lay down their tools effective February 6 if their demands for salary enhancement are not met. 

Mr Deus Kamunyu chairperson of the Forum for Academic Staff Association in Public Universities (FAPSU), said the leadership of staff associations met in May 2020 and resolved to go on strike in June 2020 but this was not possible due to Covid-19 lockdown.

He added that  “it was not possible for government to increase their pay at a time when the economy was still struggling. staff agreed to continue teaching finalists, who are now awaiting graduation”

Mr Kamunyu said President Museveni directed the Public Service docket to allocate Shs179.24b for full enhancement of salaries for academic staff in all public universities at Shs15m for a professor. He said with this, a lecturer would be seen earning Shs12.2m.

“To our  dismay, only vice chancellors, deputy vice chancellors and professors were fully enhanced in the Financial Year 2020/2021 and the rest were left out so the  government should fulfil its promise,” Mr Kamunyu said.

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