August 29, 2013

Makerere Re-Opens September 7th

Makerere University is set to re-open on September 7th after lecturers agreed to call off their strike that led to the closure of the institution two weeks ago. 

Muasa members vote for the suspension of the strike at the University Main Hall yesterday. NET PHOTO
Muasa members vote for the suspension of the strike at the University Main Hall yesterday. NET PHOTO

The university council sitting at Makerere Main Hall agreed on the date after lecturers agreed to a 70% salary incentive. The teaching staff under Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) had been pushing for a 100% pay rise.

In a communiqué to the press from the council Chairman Dr. Charles Wana Etyem, the council said the university was now ready to resume operations after reaching an agreement with the lecturers on their salary demands.

On Friday, the Makerere staff under MUASA agreed to call of their month-long strike after the university council re-aligned the budget to find 44 billion shillings for their salary increment.

However, negotiations between the two bodies yielded fruit after the university funds were touched and redundant expenditures reallocated to the wage bill. This cut off areas of workshops, travel, road construction projects and some teaching allowances.

The academic program will start running effective September 7th for three straight months.

MUASA members lay down their tools on 2nd August demanding an immediate 100% salary increment. Council, however, responded by closing the university to allow for negotiations to take shape just three days before the academic year was due to start. The academic year was set to open on 17th August.

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