Teaching and non-teaching staff of public universities have agreed to end their strike after meeting President Yoweri Museveni.
In the four-hour meeting which took place at State House Entebbe on Tuesday, the President urged the staff workers to resume work as he expeditiously handles their salary enhancement demands.
The teaching and non-teaching staff at the beginning of August put down their tools, accusing government of not fulfilling the president’s 2015 directive to enhance their salaries.
The university staff at the State House meeting were represented by, among others, Rev Dr Grace Lubaale, the chairperson of the Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities (FASPU), Mr Jackson Betihamah, the Chairperson of the Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executive Forum (Puntsef).
Also in attendance were chairpersons of university councils and vice chancellors, and representatives of the University Professional and Academic Staff Union (UPASU), Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) and Central Organization of Free Trade Unions (COFTU).
Dr Lubaale confirmed the resolution from the meeting.
“We met the President at State House Entebbe regarding Shs 15M of a Professor Pro-rata.
He said he wasn’t aware that the matter was still pending; he then promised to handle it himself expeditiously,” said Dr Lubaale.
“He advised us to report to work. With the above, please report to work with immediate effect as we wait on the President to handle the matter,” he added.
Mr Betihamah added: “The president informed us that he wasn’t aware that a professor had not reached Shs15million as promised. It was not a good meeting generally. We came from there without any tangible promise. Not even a road map and we feel we were not given a fair hearing,” he said.