M7 Orders Finance Ministry to Pay Striking University Staff
Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has finally ordered for the payment of public Universities’ non-teaching staff’s arrears.
This decision was reached after an indoor meeting between him and the representatives of non-teaching staffs from all public universities at State House Entebbe on Tuesday.
The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, and the state minister for finance and planning, David Bahati were among the officials who attended the meeting.
Jackson Betihama (Chairman) representing the non-teaching staff, told the president that they were not ready to return to work if their arrears were not paid as it was promised by the president in May when they were striking over the same issue.
Besides ordering for the payment of salary arrears, the president also directed the ministry to provide a report on the payroll saga, and also ordered the education ministry to form a committee to deliver a report on single salary structure.
“After meeting with Museveni, we are going to hold a general assembly and probably resume work,” Betihama said.
The resolution comes after various failed meetings with stakeholders aimed at convincing the staff to resume their duty. The strike is currently in the third week despite the fact that the first semester of this academic year was scheduled to start on 6th August, 2016.
Following the President’s directives, the universities are set to open for the semester not later than Monday 22nd August, 2016.