Mzuzu University (Mzuni) workforce has called on the institution’s management to embrace a culture of reviewing their salaries yearly to keep up with the rising cost of living.
The call comes at a time the academic and nonacademic staff accepted a 10 percent salary increment.
This brings to an end a protracted strike that has paralysed Mzuni since its closure on October 25 last year.
On Tuesday, Mzuni Academic Staff Union (Muasu) chairperson Barnet Musopole said it should not take strikes for the university to raise salaries as the cost of living keeps skyrocketing.
“We know it is hard for the university to adjust our pay regularly, but management has to lobby government to ensure that our conditions are met. It is only fair that there is a time-to-time review of salaries to meet the high cost of living,” said Musopole in an interview.
The university council said it will soon announce dates for the re-opening of the institution and its 18th congregation which was postponed due to the strike.
Mzuni students representative president Wazamazama Katatu urged the university to find lasting ways of preventing costly disruptions.
“As students, we have lost time which cannot be recovered. We don’t want this to happen again,” he said. n