EOC Weighs In On University Staff Salary Impasse

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Equal Opportunities Commission EOC Chairperson, Sylvia Nabatanzi, says the best practice for sharing salary increment is that each member gets equal share rather than certain staff taking higher percentages than others. She says even when money is shared equally, lowest paid staff in a public university cant reach salary of highest paid staff since they are in different salary scales.

Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Chairperson Sylvia Nabatanzi has said that money for salary increment for staff in public universities should be shared equally.
 
Nabatanzi told Uganda Radio Network that the best practice for sharing salary increment is that each member gets equal share rather than certain staff taking higher percentages than others. She says even when money is shared equally, lowest paid staff in a public university can't reach salary of highest paid staff since they are in different salary scales.
 
Public Universities support staff are on strike protesting what they call unfair distribution of funds meant for salary enhancement for this financial year. The support staff are accusing their colleagues in administrative positions of allocating themselves a higher percentage of the money. The Ministry of Finance released 19.6 billion Shillings this financial year for salary enhancement for teaching and non-teaching staff in public universities.
 
However, administrative staff have rejected demands by support staff that money be shared equally. 

Nabatanzi argues that even if there is disparity in percentages of salary increment, it should not be huge. 

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EOC, a constitutional body mandated to eliminate discrimination and inequalities in the country, recently authored a report which showed wide salary disparities among public servants.
 
The commission recommended that "Ministry of Public Service should fast track establishment of a Salary review Commission to determine equitable remuneration for Public servants and harmonisation of the various salary structures across the Public service."
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.