Janet Museveni, Public University Staff Meeting Postponed

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Two groups of the Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executive Forum Puntsef and the Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities - FASPU were supposed to meet Janet Museveni at Nakasero State House today evening, however, it will not take place because of the National Resistance Movement NRM caucus meeting.

The planned meeting between representatives of workers in public universities and the Minister of Education and Sports has been postponed.

Two groups of the Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executive Forum (Puntsef) and the Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities - FASPU were supposed to meet Janet Museveni at Nakasero State House today evening, however, it will not take place because of the National Resistance Movement - NRM caucus meeting.

Jackson Betihamah, the Puntsef Chairperson, says majority of their members had travelled from upcountry universities such as Gulu, Muni, and Kabale Universities to attend the meeting. 

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He adds that they expect the money meant for this financial year's staff salary enhancement in the supplementary budget short of which they lay down their tools. 

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The two staff categories are jointly seeking government's commitment to payment of 105 billion omitted in the 2018/2019 financial year budget in addition to 33 billion shillings for their salary enhancement arrears for last year.

On June 18, 2018, the staffs jointly adopted a resolution in a meeting held at Makerere University and set August 3rd as a date on which they will lay down their tools.


President Yoweri Museveni in 2015 promised and committed government towards increasing the salaries of both Academic and Non-Teaching Staff in public universities in the financial year 2015/16.

The agreement was to have the salary of a professor enhanced to 15 million shillings by 2020.

The money was to be paid in phases with each year government paying 78.5billion shillings to enhance their salaries.

However, in the last financial year, government only released 19.625 billion shillings promising that the balance of Shs.58.875 billion would be paid in the financial year 2018/2019.

Public universities could be plunged into another strike if talks between the associations and government fail to reach an agreement today. 

Nearly 10,000 staff in all public universities will hold separate General Assemblies over the same issue next week on Friday to harmonize their positions on their planned August industrial action.

 

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