The academic staff of Makerere University have been warned off their planned protest over pending salary enhancement matters.
In a University Council meeting held on Tuesday, June 2, Lorna Magara the Chairperson Makerere University Council revealed that she learned about the planned protest by academic staff from the press and later received a letter and a telephone call from the chairperson Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) that academic staff were declaring an Industrial action.
This was in contestation of the distribution of 50 billion shillings provided by Government for salary enhancement of academic staff following the presidential pledge to pay a professor 15 million shillings per month.
This matter has been going on and has been at the center of disruptions of the University.
Magara, therefore, told Council that their matters are supposed to be handled by the Ministry of Education and Sports and Ministry of Public Service.
“As University Council, there are realities I must put into context. This is a matter which relates to a presidential pledge and which was handled directly by the Ministries of Education and that of Public Service. The staff would have to engage the respective Ministries for resolution of their concerns,” she said.
She noted that all the University staff have obligations in accordance with their employment contracts and governing bodies and therefore any staff that fails to honor their obligations will be handled in accordance with governing policies.
She as such threatened that the academic staff planning to protest will be dealt with accordingly.
“I would like to sound a Clarion call to management to ensure that any staff who fails to honor their employment obligations is handled in accordance with our governing policies,” she warned.