Over 700 staff of Kyambogo University who went on strike two weeks ago paralyzing business at the institution have made a U-turn and returned to work.
The decision to call off the strike was announced by their chairman Dr. Grace Lubaale under their umbrella Kyambogo University Academic staff Association (KYUSA).
Kyambogo University lecturers two weeks ago laid down their tools pending payment of their teaching allowances accumulated over a period of six months.
The resolution was reached after a heated general assembly where staff received and discussed a letter on the same from the university management at Kyambogo Main Hall.
In a letter dated May 30, Everest Twinomujuni the Kyambogo University Bursar, asked staff to remain calm since the university had committed itself to make payments for January and February as well as salary top-up payments.
The university blamed the delays on the IFMS (Integrated Financial Management System), however, this was later denied by officials from the finance ministry.
Though the university bursar had said payments were expected to be effected between June 2nd and June 5th 2017, the striking lecturers insist that the university has always made similar promises in the past without honouring them.
Now Lubaale Says that although not all their demands have been met, they have however made a decision to return to work because the university has expressed commitment to clear the outstanding debt and improve welfare of the staff.
“They paid January and February up to 90%. They have also given us an agreeable schedule of paying the March, April, May and June balances,” Lubaale said, adding that the university has also pledged to pay allowances owed to them since 2014.
“Right now as you speak to me, I am in the field supervising students,” he noted.