Court declares Makerere University teacher strike illegal

The Industrial Court of Uganda has declared the ongoing strike by the teaching staff at Makerere University illegal, saying that they did not comply with the set legal procedures of notifying their employer of their intended industrial action, writes Damali Mukhaye for the Daily Monitor.

According to the ruling by the Kampala Capital City Authority, Kawempe Division Labour Officer, Ruth Kulabako, the instituted disciplinary proceedings by the respondent (Makerere) against the complainants is justified and claims of discrimination lack merit. “Pursuant to Section 4 (d) of the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act 2006, I accordingly reject the complaint against the respondent (Makerere University) for violation of the claimant’s rights. In the same way, I find no merit in the complaint of the claimants that disciplinary proceedings instituted by the respondent are unlawful,” she held.

Kulabako further ruled that Makerere University Council, the employer of the complainants, has never received or been served with a formal notification of an intended industrial action which would include details of a breach by the employer of employment terms in the employment contract and a demand to rectify within a time stipulated under the law.
Full report on the Daily Monitor site