Makerere University Council to Review Staff Incentive Policy

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In a letter dated December 17, addressed to Makerere University Academic Staff Association-MUASA, Etyem explained that the provision will be reviewed after the special audit which is already underway adding that incentive arrears from this year will be cleared by June next year.

Makerere University is set to review the provision on incentives for member of staff, university council Chairperson Dr Charles Wana Etyem has said.

In a letter dated December 17, addressed to Makerere University Academic Staff Association-MUASA,  Etyem explained that the provision will be reviewed after the special audit which is already underway adding that incentive arrears from this year will be cleared by June next year.

He said a decision on the provision of incentives will be effected on July 1, 2017.

"The University Council shall review the decision on incentive after a Special Audit Report has been received and the decision taken shall be effective 1st July 2016," Etyem said in the letter.

He was responding to a position arrived at in the MUASA general assembly held on Thursday December 15 in which members accepted the payment of a one month incentive arrears and the November salary on condition of a clear road map was clearly defined.

The incentive constitutes a financial package given to members of staff as an overtime allowance for undertaking extra duties. Such duties include among others, teaching evening and weekend classes. 

The arrangement which started in 2013 has seen lecturers earn incentives amounting to 70 percent of their monthly salaries. The university pays up to 4 billion Shillings every month in incentives to it's over 2,600 members of staff.

However, the university council had suggested earlier that the allowance be slashed by 75 percent on ground that it is not sustainable. The proposed reduction and the unpaid arrears amounting to 28 billion Shillings led to a strike that paralyzed the university, leading to its closure early last month.

Etyem however appealed to the university staff to call off the strike and resume operations.

"The University Council appeals to the Teaching Staff to resume work as the Special Audit and the Visitation Committee execute their duties as engagements with government continue."

The letter is being discussed at the ongoing MUASA General assembly.