Mbarara: MUST Staff Strike Over Little Pay

In what appears to be an emerging national trend, Mbarara University staff members have come out to agitate for increment on their salary scale.

The support staff put down their tools today morning and went on a sit down strike.

These say their monthly salaries are not commensurate to their work load.

Through their chairman Charles Karuru, the workers say they have engaged in endless discussions with the university management on this matter but with no breakthrough.

The university spokesperson Denis Lukaya who is leading the industrial action asked the university to use the money it has been receiving for promotions and recruitment and top it on the non-teaching staff salaries.

 “The university is set to receive Shs. 900million for recruitment and promotion. The council should reallocate this money be given to the support staff,” he said.

 “Our salary is our life and we must defend our life jealously,” he said

In response, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Charles Kazooba, said the institution cannot stand without its supportive staff, and promised to sit with government on the matter.

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