Members of staff for Mzuzu University (Mzuni) have accepted, albeit grudgingly, the 10 percent salary increment which they had refused in earlier negotiations with the university’s council.
The staff have accepted the increment in a memo jointly written by the Mzuzu University Staff Union (MUASU) and Mzuzu University Academic Staff Union (MUNASTU), signed by Burnet Musopele and Gruno Muyola respectively.
“At their meeting held today 20 January 2017, members have reluctantly agreed to accept the 10 percent offer you had originally made in your memorandum of 12 January, 2017,” reads the memo in part.
The memo criticises management for issuing ultimatums in their original memo, which asked all striking lecturers to commit to getting back to work by Friday last week or face consequences.
However, among other things, the staff criticise management for threatening to take the 10 percent increment offer off the table, calling for the withdrawal of the threat.
The Mzuni staff have also proposed for the inclusion of salary adjustment in their conditions of service.
The memo also calls for immunity for all members of staff, saying no member of staff should be victimised for participating in the strike.
“Once council addresses conditions, the two unions will immediately call off the current sit-in,” reads the memo in part.
The staff’s counter-offer comes in an attempt to end the three-month stalemate.
When contacted, Communications Manager for the university Chigomezgo Chokani declined to comment on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier, members of staff agreed to press the council for at least 20 percent increment with a promise to implement the 35 percent hike next year to cover for the missed years.
President of the Staff Union Musopole could not be reached for comment but an impeccable source at Mzuni has told The Daily Times that the matter now rests on management’s withdrawal of conditions as highlighted in the memo.
Meanwhile, Mzuni Student’s Union leader Wazamazama Katatu in an interview on Sunday expressed some relief at the news of ending the deadlock which has frustrated thousands of students.
Mzuni’s staff embarked on a strike in October last year in a bid to pressurise university management to endorse a 35 percent salary increment.
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