Teachers threaten industrial action over ignored salary increment demands

By Daudi Zirimala

The teachers Union (UNATU) countrywide has unanimously resolved to enter into an industrial action effective 20th May 2019 if there is no satisfactory feedback on issues pertaining to teachers salary increment for FY 2019/20.

According to UNATU General Secretary Filbert Baguma Bates ,government plans to enhance salaries of civil servants but increments planned for teachers are far from what was agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement with government.

Baguma says that it is unfortunate that the teachers issues particularly those concerning salary increment have turned into a song in auto replay.

He noted that UNATU is still open for further negotiation because ie money can be found for increasing members of parliament citing rising costs of living and inflation ,the same can be done for teacher in whose hands lies the burden of delivering quality education.

Nurses threaten to strike

By Patricia Osman
Nurses under their umbrella body of the Uganda nurses and midwives union are threatening industrial action next week if the government doesn’t engage them in negotiating for their salaries.
The union president Justus Kiplangat says, ” government has disregarded their road map for salary increment adding that all nurses will not report for duty on the 23rd of this month if govt does not listen to their plea.”

AMREF boss calls for salary increase for health workers

By Waswa Deo

East and Central Africa countries have been major victims of the on going medical labor migration. The observation made indicates that majority of  these labor movements are due to low salaries paid to health workers, unfavorable working environments, lack of equipment and recommended drugs to provide treatment to patients among others.

According  to Director, Regional Programs and Field Offices at ‎Amref Health Africa, Dr. Osur Joachim, ‎It is depressing  for  health workers to  see patients dying and are helpless because of lack equipment and drugs to provide treatment.

The available figure shows that in Uganda,  a health worker  is paid $700, in Kenya $1400, in Malawi paid $ 610, in Liberia is $ 1200, in Zimbabwe $ 400, which is much lower compared to south Africa which pays $7282, $12122 in UK, $ 12918 in Canada and  $15000 in USA.

Dr. Osur therefore encourages governments to invest more money in the health sectors so as to combat these movements. “If you are paying your health workers well, you are improving the conditions of work, and helping them to develop in their professional, they will have no reasons to move to other countries.’’says Dr. Osur.

According to him, there is need  for all health experts, health organizations, health workers themselves and other concerned stake holders in  health sector, to put government on spot to invest more in healthcare, pay health workers commensurately compared to other countries and make them stay.


Teachers in Kitgum facing salary delays since July

Teachers in Kitgum Municipality are bitter over the various anomalies in the payment of their salaries for the last three months.

In July, Kitgum Municipality started operating independent of the mother district including the preparation and payment of salaries to civil servants among others.

Some of the teachers have not received salaries since July, some have pay-slips that indicate that money was deposited on their accounts but their accounts remain empty. For others, the money deposited is far less than they ought to receive.

Pamela Akidi, a diploma teacher for special needs section at Kitgum Public Primary school says she has received three pay-slips indicating a full payment of 537,000 shillings for each month, but there is no money on her account. She has gone for explanations several times with her bank statement in vain.

Akidi threatens to lay down her tools if this October a similar situation occurs. She says there is need for the Inspector General of Government to take on the matter.

Oyoo Ronald, a teacher of Kitgum Primary school has been paid 300,000 shillings since July far less than  his 537,000 pay. He suspects embezzlement of their money.

Beatrice Akoko, the chairperson Uganda National Teacher’s Union (UNATU) in Kitgum Municipality, notes that most of the teachers have been lowered to starting pay. She adds that the Municipal leaders did not warn them of this anomaly and have failed to heed to their cry.

She says whether they should seek alternative means to have this matter resolved will depend on the salary payments of this month. If it’s not rectified, they will communicate their next move.

Stephen Lokope, the Kitgum Town Clerk in his explanation observes that the irregularities have not only affected the teachers but other public servants as well. He says since the municipality became independent of the mother district this financial year, salary codes were accidentally altered.

Lokope believes that some of the irregularities could have been as a result of lack of Tax identification Numbers (TIN) among other reasons.

The irregularities have only been noted for teachers and a few other civil servants within the municipality.



MPs query the salary differences of civil servants heading government departments

Uganda Parliament has queried the salary disparities for heads of government departments , authorities and parastatals who do almost the same jobs, saying that the salary pay should be guided by a policy. This was after the parliamentary committee on commissions, statutory authority and state enterprises chaired by Ssemuju Nganda reported to the house   that the governor bank of Uganda Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile earns monthly salary of 53 million shillings while his personal assistant earns 23m per monthly.

Memebers of Parliament questioned why the personal assistant to Mutebile would earn a salary that is far above   what most of the managing and executive directors in government statutory bodies are earning. The report shows further shows that, URA commissioner General  Doris Akol 40 million shillings ,NSSF boss Richard Byarugaba 30 million  C AA boss earns 33 million and Uganda investment Authority boss gets 17 million shillings.  The law makers queried why there is a salary disparity for top government officers  do  almost the same job.