MUK lecturers’ strike suspended

Muhammed Kiggundu

Makerere University lecturers’ strike has been suspended.

This is after the Makerere University Academic Staff Association general Assembly adopted resolutions from an earlier meeting held with the university administration.

One of the resolutions is that the increase in the lecturers’ pay takes effect on September 30th.

According to the association chairman Mohammed Kiggundu, the increments have been described as mere incentives for the lecturers as negotiations with government continue over their demands for a 100% pay rise.

Kigundu says according to the new rates, professors will now earn Sh 5,900,000 up from Sh 3,480,000.

An associate professor will now earn Sh 5,710,000, up from Sh 3,360,000.

Senior lecturers will get Sh 4,860,000, up from Sh 2,860,000, while other support staff who have been earning Sh248,000 will now bag Sh.420,000.

Kiggundu also explains that the association and the university management have agreed to have the arrears for July and August paid after the first six weeks of the next semester.

The lecturers’ decision comes ahead of the council meeting slated for this afternoon.

 The university was closed two weeks ago after the lectures laid down their tools demanding a 100% pay rise.