Gulu University lecturers strike over delayed pay

Wednesday March 4 2015

By CISSY MAKUMBI & JOHN OKOT

Gulu. Gulu University lecturers have laid down their tools protesting delayed payment of their allowances.
The sit-down strike started on Saturday by mainly lecturers who teach weekend students. They are demanding allowances from last August to date, amounting to Shs900 million.
The majority who are striking are part-time lecturers. They argue that their allowances have not been remitted yet the students pay tuition to the school administration on time.

Affected faculties
The most affected are those in the Faculty of Business and Developmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education and Humanities and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
“Our plans have been affected, we cannot pay for our children in schools; some of our colleagues have loans from financial institutions but they cannot pay back since their pay has not been remitted,” Mr Ambrose Eger, a lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Development Studies, said.
“Until the payments are made, we shall not get back to teach. We have been promised since December last year, but nothing has materialised,” Mr Eger said.
The chairperson Gulu University Academic Staff Association, Mr Kitara Lagoro, said they are engaging the management to ensure the standoff is resolved.
“Students should not be denied education. We hope that the series of meetings we are having yield positive results,” he said.
The Gulu University Vice Chancellor, Prof Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, said they are in talks with the striking lecturers on how best they can resume teaching.
“The staff should be patient and considerate on the plight of the affected students as we engage in talks to resolve the matter,” Prof Pen-Mogi said.
In March last year, Gulu University lecturers laid down their tools demanding pay for extra work load.

THE numbers

4,000
The number students at the university with majority on weekend programme.

212
The number academic staff of which 150 are demanding for allowance arrears.

Shs3 billion
Amount the institution collects every semester in tuition fees.

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