The Assistant Lecturers want to recover salary arrears from the Financial Year 2015/2016 to date, retirement benefit arrears, salary reinstatement, damages and costs of the suit from Makerere. The value of the claim is approximately Ugx. 8Billion.
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The Industrial Court has granted permission to the six Makerere
University dons to represent 95 Assistant Lectures in a suit challenging the
institution for breach of contract, particularly illegally amend their salary
scales from M6 to M6.1 and M6.2, putting the petitioners to M6.2.
They are Isaac Mugume, Janet Kasule Nabalika, David Mpiima
Mugambe, Asiimire Priscilla, Abubaker Sadik Mustafa and Robert Kakuru.
The case was before a panel of industrial
court justices led by Court’s Chief Judge Asaph Ruhinda Ntegye, Hon. Lady Justice
Linda Lillian Tumusiime Mugisha, Fidel Ebyau, Harriet Mugambwa Nganzi and F.X.
The decision is contained in an order signed by Sylvia Nabaggala, the acting
Registrar at the Industrial Court on Friday, May 11, 2019.
The staff according to their petition, say their contracts were breached or
unfairly amended by the university from more favourable terms to unfavourable
Lecturers want to recover salary arrears from the Financial Year 2015/2016 to
date, retirement benefit arrears, salary reinstatement, damages and costs of
the suit from Makerere. The value of the claim is approximately 8 billion
According to Kakuru, more Assistant Lecturers are expressing interest
to join the case.
So far 27 Assistant Lecturers have officially expressed interest
to join the case. The number is expected to increase.
The claimants say they were appointed as assistant lectures by
Makerere University between 2002 and 2018 under Salary Scale M6 and M6.2.
They also argue that the university human resources manual as
amended from time to time was incorporated as part of the employment contract
of the assistant lecturers where the said manual does not have M6.2 Salary
In the financial year 2015/2016, the university without following
the enshrined terms of employment contract, amended the Salary Scale of the
claimants from M6 to M6.2 a lower and an unfavourable salary scale.
According to the lecturers, the act of amending their salary scale
was calculated to defraud, discriminate them from fully benefiting from the
presidential enhancements of salaries of Public Universities.
“His Excellency the President’s pledge to enhance salaries for all university
academic staff was never intended to cause a split of salary scales, neither
was it intended to cause and promote discrimination among academic staff,”
assistant lecturers say.
In 2017, the Adhoc committee created by the Makerere University
Council at its 140th sitting dubbed Salary Harmonization Committee observed
that salary discrepancy created under science category M6.1 was at 6.5 million
shillings while M6.2 was at 4.8 million shillings which created a difference of
1.6 million shillings.
For Humanities and Social Sciences, M6.1 dons were at 6million and
M6.2 at 4.3million shillings, creating a disparity of 1.7 million shillings.
“We have exhausted the internal mechanisms to rectify the anomaly
amicably but Makerere took no heed and has never paid our salary arrears from
FY 2015/2016 to date,” add.
Last year, the Kampala Capital City Authority - KCCA Labour Court ordered
Makerere to refund 2.9 billion shillings to its administrative staff arising
from similar salary discrepancies.
KCCA Labour Officer, Hannington Kasaga faulted the university in his
ruling noted that the creation of the M6.1 and M6.2 salary scales was an
illegality in itself committed by the university.