Makerere lecturers have resolved to put down their tools protesting the cutting of their salary incentives.
At the start of the month, the university council chairperson, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem, after a council meeting, sent a disturbing email to its over 2,600 staff.
The email contained a resolution by management to reduce salary incentives of lecturers by 75 per cent and that of administrative and support staff by 50 per cent.
In response, the lecturers decided to stop teaching evening and weekend classes since they are not covered in terms of payment, according to the new arrangement.
The Makerere University Academic Staff Association [Muasa] Chairperson, Muhammad Kiggundu, and General Secretary, Louis Kakinda, wrote back to the council on September 5, explaining that the lecturers would not accept the “75 per cent reduction” of their incentives.
The letter explains that, in the meantime, lecturers will only teach from Monday to Friday and from 8am and 5pm.
This means the students taking evening and weekend classes will not be taught anymore.
It was also communicated that even arrears [about six months] of the same incentives have not been paid demanding that they be settled by September 30, 2016.
Dr Wana-Etyem, however, says the 25 percent of the incentives too will only be paid when the funds are available.
Ritah Namisango, the university Senior Public Relations Officer, never picked or returned our repetitive phone calls.
Makerere started giving its staff a 70 per cent salary incentive in 2013.
In July this year, Makerere University academic staff threatened to strike if their salaries had not been paid.
The lecturers’ strike comes weeks after the non-teaching staff suspended theirs which was also rotating around salaries.