COVID-19: Islamic University announces salary cuts for its staff

The Islamic University in Uganda-IUIU has announced salary cuts for all its staff members following a review of the terms of employment amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.

The University Secretary Hussein Lukyamuzi says that the institution is unable to pay salaries to the staff members as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown which affected the operations of all educational institutions.

Lukyamuzi states, in a letter dated July 16, that the University Council, the top Governing body of the University convened an extraordinary meeting on June 24 and on July 8, in which it reviewed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on the University’s finances and operations.      

The meetings concluded that while the University was able to pay salaries to the staff at all IUIU Campuses up to May 2020, it is unable to continue paying full salaries to staff as of June 2020. 

The meeting concluded that only a small percentage of staff should be retained to run basic and critical services of t the university at each of the campuses. These will be paid only 50 percent of the usual salaries.

The rest of the staff will be paid 30 percent for June 2020, 20 percent for July, August, and September 2020, and 10 percent for October, November, and December 2020.