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Public Universities Academic Staff Agree to Halt Industrial Action

The Forum for Academic Staff in Public Universities of Uganda (FASPU) has resolved not to continue with the industrial action protesting the delay by the government to enhance their salaries.

In 2013, the academic staff demanded an increase of their salary by 100 percent, and in 2015 President Yoweri Museveni met their leaders and promised to increase the salaries of teaching staff in all public universities.  

The development would see a professor earning 15 Million Shillings and a senior lecturer 12.2 Million Shillings.

However, the government phased the implementation of the directive for five years.

In the 2020/2021 Financial Year, the government released 50 Billion Shillings which was only meant for professors and associate professors who were paid the 100 percent increment of Shillings 15 million but for the lecturers` payment was not realized to date.

However, since then, the academic staff have been on-off with their strikes and the last strike was called off when the students reported from the first lockdown.

When the students resumed on November 1, 2021, the lecturers continued to teach.

Dr. Robert Ojambo, the spokesperson for FASPU says that the National Executive Committee reviewed their decision and resolved not to strike and instead petition the Education Minister to start negotiations before next year in March.

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