Cameroon: After Support Staff, Douala University Lecturers Begin Strike March 6.

By Eric Tataw – Tuesday March 5, 2019.

Cameroon: After Support Staff, Douala University Lecturers Begin Strike March 6.

Picture of a University of Douala Campus at Logbessou in Douala V.

Lecturers of the University of Douala, a state-run University in Cameroon’s economic capital say lectures and other academic activities would be grounded beginning Wednesday, March 6, 2019, National Telegraph has been told.

According to a release from the National Union of Teachers of Higher Education (SYNES), the University of Douala Chapter, lecturers of the University will embark on 3-day renewable strike action.

The strike action that would run from March 6 to March 9, comes under the backdrop of what they qualify as two years of fruitless negotiations with the University administrators on the need to better the working condition of teachers.

SYNES Douala in their communiqué, a copy of which National Telegraph has obtained, outlined difficulties and poor working conditions under which their teachers are compelled to work.

They are demanding amongst other things, the payment of two years of arrears or unpaid mission allowances to some staff members, payment of accumulated unpaid research allowances, payment of two years of unpaid mission allowances to visiting lecturers, provision of offices to lectures and the completion or provision of lectures’ halls.

The strike action is coming barely 24 hours after supports staff of the institutions introduced an indefinite strike action against poor working conditions. The strike action of support staff which began Monday, March 4, 2019, was witnessed across the country’s eight state Universities.

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