Staff at Mzuzu University have rejected a five per cent salary increase, forcing the students to be in their homes indefinitely until the impasse is resolved and the sit in lifted.
The staff started their sit in in October to force the university management offer them a 45 per cent salary increase.
Barnett Musopole, president of the staff union said the five per cent offer was too little.
“The strike will go on, we cannot accept the five per cent salary increase,” he said.
However, the university spokeswoman Chigomegza Gondwe Chokani said the university has no money to increase the staff salaries by over the five per cent.
“We are going through tough economic financial times and the university can only afford the five per cent salary increase,” she said.
Education activist Limbani Nsapato has advised university management to engage the staff in talks so that they agree on an increment percentage, staff go back to work so that students can be back on campus, effect the salary increase in the 2017/18 financial year with arrears.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :