Local government workers to strike
Local government workers under their umbrella body, the Uganda Local Government Workers’ Union (ULGWU) have promised to put to hold their tools if the government does not pay them their salary increment.

Local government workers under their umbrella body, the Uganda Local Government Workers’ Union (ULGWU) have promised to put to hold their tools if the government does not pay them their salary increment.

“If nothing is done, local government workers have been compelled to give a statutory notice of 90 days to withdraw labour effective July 31, 2019,” ULGWU General Secretary, Hassan Lwabayi Mudiba stated.

“We are aggrieved by the selective manner in which government is implementing the Collective Bargaining Agreement yet this was never agreed upon,” he added.

Earlier, the government under the Ministry of Public Service released a new structure that indicated a salary increment for eight categories of government employees including district health officers and their assistants, Specialist medical officers, dental surgeons and pharmacists in salary scale U2, consultants, senior consultants and directors of hospitals.

In a special meeting held at Jokas Hotel in Bweyogerere, Wakiso district on 12th July, the local government workers collectively agreed to sign and take a petition to the President explaining their grievances with immediate effect.

According to the local government workers, under the new salary structure, the government gave teachers shs251 billion and shs13 billion to health workers but the same treatment was never accorded to them and other non-science workers, saying it is being unfair.

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They stated,

“Provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement didn’t provide for discriminative rewards and doing so by the government is a surprise to many of us.”

Meanwhile ULGWU General Secretary, Hassan Lwabayi Mudiba claimed that President Museveni should intervene in their matters.

Furthermore, he also stated that it would be better if they met the President to try and offer an affirmative action to make them equal to their counterparts in the mainstream public service and statutory bodies.

“The union’s efforts to resolve the issue amicably have not been adequately attended to since government’s attention is mostly attracted by groups which threaten to withdraw labour,” Mudiba said.

“The President should intervene and cause the government to implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement 2018 and allocate shs412 billion to cover the enhancement of our salaries,” Mudiba added.

By John Dalton Kigozi