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The latest developments form the ivory tower reveal that council have so far summoned an emergency meeting to be held on May 3, 2013 and positive outcomes are highly anticipated.
This follows a rather steamy MUASA general meeting convened earlier this month in which it was sternly resolved that not only staffers pay be raised by 100 percent but also a health insurance be availed to them as well as effecting a comprehensive enhancement of their day to day living standards.
“Since that meeting we have never slept. We have consulted almost everybody including the Vice Chancellor, council, Ministry of Public Service as well as petitioning parliament,” said MUASA Chairperson, Mohammed Kiggundu Musoke.
Following the piling pressure from lecturers, council directed management to sit with them and internalize their demands before officially communicating them in council meeting, a decision that was hardheartedly rejected by MUASA,
As pressure mounted further; in a university management letter addressed to MUASA on Tuesday morning, Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu announced the Friday crisis council meeting and promised to have the 100 percent pay rise included in the next budget draft.
“We as management entirely appreciate the challenges that you are going through and we are committed to working relentlessly to finding solutions to them,” read the letter in part.
While addressing the press shortly after another Staff General meeting on Tuesday, kiggundu noted that their stance would not be shaken by any threats be it from within or from government throughout the entire struggle.
“We have resolved that we demand for the 100 percent pay rise, short of which there will be no way. We belong to this country and we all have a share to the national treasury just like we equally contribute to it,” he emphasized.
He added: “What we are asking from government is not outrageous or unprecedented and we are certain that it’s affordable and we will get it.”
Kiggundu also noted that the 100 percent pay rise is only a starting point and immediately after implementation, they would establish a committee which would work on lobbying for extra increments as the years go by.
Earlier in the meeting, the staff representative to council and head of the Makerere University Jinja Campus, Professor Baker Nyakana, asserted that they had done enough of the begging and now was time to do some pushing.
“Here in Uganda you don’t get what you deserve; you only get what you fight for,” he noted.
He gave an example of public universities in Kenya which recently demanded for a staggering 300 percent pay rise with serious a sit-down strike and government was ultimately compelled to effect a 178 percent increment is matter of weeks.
“There is no university in Kenya that ranks better than us on the web metrics. They do less and get paid more while we do more and get less pay; this we cannot keep up with any more,” added Nyakana.
Meanwhile MUASA dismissed claims by management that most of the university funds were going into structural rehabilitation and renovations; saying that most of these such as road maintenance and lighting up the campus is the work of KCCA.
Kiggundu noted that the increment is not meant for the good of only academic staff alone but for every other member of staff.
He however could not comment on whether or not the struggle could potentially affect the students’ studies and coming exams, but rather stressed a cordial relationship between lecturers and students and said that they support them in their demands for better services both in lecture rooms and in halls of residence.