By Ronald Kabuye
At last the university non teaching staff have on Tuesday morning resolved to call off their sit down strike over salary increment that had lasted for at least a week now. This followed a closed door meeting between the executive of the Public University Non Teaching Staff Association PUNTSA and the officials from ministry of finance and ministry of education at the prime minister’ office in Kampala.
The developments have been confirmed by the PUNTSA chairperson Betihama Jackson who said that in the meeting they agreed that their salary be enhanced in the next financial year 2017/2018.
Betihama said that they are demanding for 40% salary increment for all their staffs at all levels however government was willing to give them 23% increment at the moment
“It’s against this back ground that the officials from the two ministries requested for more time to find means on how to fill up the remaining 17% while our staffs are at work.’ Said Betihama
It should be noted that the same people are still demanding for the arrears which is in the total of 28 billion shillings
Meanwhile the finance minister Matia Kasaija said that government has the money to pay all the public servants however it can’t not handle and solve all their pleas at the same time though are still finding means to have them solved.
It should be noted that several government officials have been threatening to lay down their tools if government fails to enhance their salaries, among them are the judges and magistrates who gave government an ultimatum of 30 days starting today Monday 23rd of July. Others include the public prosecutors who also suspended their strike for 90 days and local council chairpersons who went an extra mile and poured water on the minister for justice and constitutional affairs Maj gen. Kahinda Otaffire who had represented the president in their meeting held on Saturday at Namboole national stadium.