Public University Staff to Meet President Museveni Over Salary Enhancement.

Staffs of all nine Public Universities are expected to meet President Yoweri Museveni to discuss delayed salary enhancement.
Both teaching and nonteaching staffs across all public universities earlier this month staged an industrial strike demanding government to fulfill President Museveni`s directive for enhancement of salary for all staff.
However, Khalid Mahmoud the Gulu University deputy spokesperson disclosed that all public universities have received an invitation to meet the President at State House on Tuesday to discuss the delay in salary enhancement.
Mahmoud who is also the Gulu University Academic Staff Association (GUASA) chairperson explained that each public university is expected to send four representatives for the meeting seeking explanation to the demand that has been long overdue.
He revealed that each university will be represented by two leaders from Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities (FASPU) and Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executive Forum (PUNTSEF) respectively.
At Gulu University, Mahmoud says a consequent meeting will be held on Wednesday to discuss outcome of the state house meeting.
Gulu University Staff under their umbrella body Gulu University Staff Association (GUASA) and National Union of Educational Institution (NUEI) on August 1st went on an industrial strike.
GUASA chairperson says the strike will not be called off even when the first semester commences on August 12th.
‘’students can report to the university but we cannot take part in the orientation because we are not working. Only few offices are receiving admissions, the health centre is functioning and only heads of departments are active.’’ Mahmoud told URN on phone.
In 2015, Museveni directed salary enhancement of staff in all the nine Pubic Universities with a Professor supposed to earn 15 million shillings per month from 2 million shillings.
The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development later phased out salary enhancement into a five year period ending financial year 2019/2020.
However the staff said the salary enhancement is not reflected in the recent salary structure for the financial year 2019/2020 issued by the Ministry of Public Service.
Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, the Permanent Secretary of Public Service issued a circular to all Vice-Chancellors of public universities announcing that 15 billion shillings has been earmarked to pay the striking staff.
Musingwiire says this is part of the 150 billion shillings meant for enhancement of salaries for all public officers.
All the nine public university staff are demanding government 138 billion shillings. Out of it, 58.5 billion is for arrears while 78.5 billion shillings is for enhancement for 2018/2019 financial year.
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