Public university staff agree to strike over pay

The teaching and non-teaching staff from the nine public universities in Uganda last week announced a nationwide strike after failure by government to consider them for salary enhancements and payment of their arrears in the next financial year’s budget, write Damali Mukhaye and Nobert Atukunda for Daily Monitor.

The lecturers under the Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities (FASPU) and the non-teaching staff under the Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executive Forum (PUTISEF) vowed not to return to their duty stations for the next academic year starting in August if the government does not pay them.

The Chairperson of FASPU, Dr Grace Lubaale, said after learning that the government did not include their money in the budget, they consulted the leaders of different associations and agreed to lay down their tools. PUTISEF Chairperson, Jackson Betihama, said they are tired of government’s empty promises. “We want the government to explain why our money was not included in the budget; we are tired of all their lies,” Betihama said. Alex Kakooza, the permanent secretary in the ministry of education, urged the staff to be patient.
Full report on the Daily Monitor site