Local government workers around the country are set meet next week to discuss whether or not, and how to conduct their strike, which they threatened recently, over lack of increment on their salaries, which was promised by government.
The workers under the Uganda Local Government Workers Union (ULGWU) weeks ago gave government an ultimatum of up to 30th July 2019 to have their salaries increased or they would lay down their tools.
According to the association General Secretary Hassan Mudiba, the workers want a Shs 412 billion increment to be included in the 2019/ 2020 budget supplementary.
Speaking to ChimpReports yesterday, Mudiba revealed that they have already written to all district local governments, town clerks and municipal councils for each to send at least three delegates in the meeting scheduled to take place on 12th July 2019.
“Local government workers want their salary enhancement implemented as soon as possible failure of which even if it means withdrawing their labour they are ready,” Mudiba said.
He says it is unfair to see that some groups of government workers have received increments while as others seem to forgotten
He noted for instance that directors of medical services at the district were allocated 13 billion for salary enhancement, while magistrates and prosecutors had their salaries enhanced in phase 1 of the 2018/ 2019 budget after a sit down strike.
The local government and ministry workers in phase 2 of the collective bargaining agreement, had asked for 412 billion shillings to cater for their salary increment, which government is yet to fulfill.
On 26th May 2019 during the teachers’ strike, President Museveni met the members of the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) and promised them 251 billion shillings in the supplementary budget.
Early this week on July 1st July 2019 government released a new salary structure with an increment for medical and judicial officers for the 2019/ 2020 financial year
The same circular which was signed by Ministry Public Service Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate, showed the country’s wage bill for the new Financial year standing at 4.69 trillion, up from 4.2 trillion in 2018 /2019