Keith says no money as varsity staff strike deal

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Keith Muhakanizi

Support staff from all Public Universities in the country are expected to call off their strike after reaching a compromise with government to pay this year’s salary enhancement as arrears in the 2018/2019 Financial Year.

Government has accepted to pay the money to the affected staff in the M10 and M22 salary scales including their salaries to the tune of Shillings 4.3 billion.

Charles Kakuru, the Chairperson Support staff at Mbarara University of Science and Technology – MUST, says they have called a general Assembly on Tuesday where they expect to call off the strike.

Michael Eladu, the Chairperson of the National Union of Education Institutions-NUEI Kyambogo Chapter, says they will pronounce themselves after the General Assembly on Tuesday.

Eladu appeals to all staff associations, public university management and government to respect and treat all staff groups equally arguing that they complement each other.

Victoria University

No money

Earlier, Finance ministry permanent secretary, Keith Muhakanizi, asked his counterpart in the Ministry of Public Service to instruct all public universities to take responsibility of this financial year’s distribution of salary enhancement money.

In his July 25 letter to Catherine Bitarakwate, Muhakanizi cites what he calls unsatisfactory handling of support staff salary enhancement for this financial year.

He cautions that universities should ensure that the monies for salary enhancement are handled in consideration of all staff categories to ensure that there is no disruption of university programs.

Muhakanizi’s letter comes at a time the support staffs in all universities are on strike over what they call unfair distribution of funds meant for salary enhancement for this financial year.

The staff are demanding a fair share of Shillings 19.6 billion, the money released for salary enhancement for teaching and non-teaching staff in public universities.

The support staff, including cleaners, custodians and office messengers among others, accused their administrative counterparts of taking the lion’s share of the salary enhancement by equating themselves to academic staff through unfair percentages.

Muhakanizi was responding to the July 20th letter from the Makerere University Secretary Charles Barugahare and another one dated July 21st from National Union of Educational Institutions – NUEI.

The two letters requested the finance ministry to intervene and ensure that there is fair distribution of funds that were provided for support staff on salary scales of M10 up to M22.

Written by URN

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