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The management of Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), the largest and oldest institution of higher education in Mozambique, says the strike since Wednesday by technical and administrative members of staff is illegal, AIM reports.
Riot force police used rubber bullets and tear gas grenades on the university campus yesterday to disperse a group of protesters demanding payment of the Effective Bonus, which the UEM created in 1994 and is awarded to employees with over 15 years of service.
“In terms of the public administration framework in which the CTA is integrated and the way in which the strike was initiated, the strike is illegal “, a UEM communique sent to AIM yesterday claims.
The management of UEM says that it understands that massing on the campus was aimed at articulating positions for negotiation between representatives of the CTA and the UEM directorate.
It warns, however, that understanding and tolerance “must not exceed the limits of civility to the point where they constitute unlawful acts such as limiting the normal operation of UEM activities, disrespect for property, sabotage of premises and equipment, and coercion of (the majority of) non-adherent officials”.
Management says that the Effectiveness Bonus was adopted as a result of the exodus of teachers and university assistants, threatening institutional stability.
“In 1994, the Effectiveness Bonus was established, as established in the Regulations of the Technical and Administrative Body, through its publication through Order No. 005 / RT / 94, of February 17, after approval by the University Council , in an ordinary session held on October 22, 1993. However, this bonus is a non-permanent credit,” the note duly records.
The annual bonus was granted to employees with 15 years of service or more.
A regulation published in November 2012, however, consolidated the effectiveness bonus as a right, but stipulated that “the allocation of the effectiveness bonus is conditional on budget availability”.
The statement explains that on October 6, 2016, the Official Letter No. 163 / GAB- DNCP / 025/2016, of the National Directorate of Public Accounting mandated the immediate blocking of non-permanent bonuses on payrolls.
The Finance Directorate of UEM would therefore immediately have blocked payment of the bonus.
The UEM board of directors met representatives of the CTA on Wednesday for the ninth time, when a set of actions, steps and conditions for solving the Effectiveness Bonus issue was agreed.
The communiqué states that UEM is currently in recess, except for those students who are to resit tests.
“Exams that have not taken place as a result of the disturbances will be held soon,” the statement says.Source: AIM Moçambique
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