Nurses' Union threatens another sit down strike

Nurses' Union threatens another sit down strike

The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union has rejected the proposed new government salary increment for nurses saying it is not what was agreed upon with the president

In November last year, President Museveni met with leaders of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union over poor working conditions over demands for salary increment.

The Union proposed to the president that the salaries of enrolled nurses and midwives should be increased from Shs400,000 to Shs1 million.

After the discussions, Mr Museveni ordered the Public Service and Finance ministries to deal with the demands of the nurses and midwives.

Mr Justus Cherop, the President of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, says they were surprised when they learnt that the new salary structures released by government had ignored their proposals.

However, Frank Tumwebaze, the Information Minister has dissuaded them from striking and called for patience.

The minister says government cannot increase their salaries at once but it will be done annually.

According to a government paper, other public servants who benefited from salary enhancement included Directors of General Health Services, Science teachers, police and prisons officers in lower ranks.