Striking Public University Non-Teaching Staff Run To Court

The top executive of the non-teaching staff in public universities has resolved to seek a court injunction to stop government from compelling them to work.
Yesterday government directed non-teaching staff to report to work today without fail after they failed to agree on the government proposal of increasing their salaries in the coming financial year.
The State Minister for Education in charge of science and technology, Prof Sandy Tickodri-Togboa, wrote to the respective university council chairpersons ordering that the universities be opened with immediate effect.

He also warned that disciplinary measures would be taken against those who fail to report for work.

However, the chairperson Public Universities Non-teaching Staff Executives Forum Jackson Betihama says they also want court to make government responsible for taking care of students who are reporting for the new academic year until their concerns are resolved.
At Makerere University, the offices remained closed this morning with the Vice Chancellor Professor Ddumba Ssentamu expressing hope that the non-teaching staff were expected to report later in the afternoon.
While Kyambogo University, student leaders have threatened to mobilise their colleagues to stage a demonstration in protest of the ongoing strike by non-teaching staff.
The students argue that it is unfair to have the strike continue after government promised to increase their salaries and pay arears in the next financial year.
The students now plan to hold a meeting tomorrow to decide on when to take action.
Close to 4,000 administrative and support staff from six public universities declared their strike on August 3, demanding Sh 31bn in salary enhancement.