Local government workers in the country, through their umbrella body the Uganda Local Government Workers Union (ULGWA) have given government up to 31st July to have their salaries increased as it was done for other government workers.
In a letter dated Monday 10th 2019, signed by the Association General Secretary Mr Hassan Lwabyayi Mudiba, the workers accuse government of discriminating against them, which is against the constitution
” Article 40(I) (b) provides for equal pay for equal work but currently a graduate scientist on U4 scale is paid 2,200,000 shillings while a non-scientist is paid 601,341 shillings which is unconstitutional despite the fact that the collective bargaining agreement is to reduce the gap between pay structures at all levels,” the group asserts.
These argue that when teachers through their body UNATU declared an industrial action recently they were engaged by the president who promised to look for ways on how they can raise 502 billion shillings needed to raise their salaries and the implementation was to start on 30th July 2019 with 50% of this.
As such, the workers also want Shs 412 billion to be allocated to cover salary enhancement of all non-science Local government workers and Ministries, which must be included in the supplementary budget of July 2019 /2020
“Otherwise Local government workers will be left with no option but to withdraw their labor on 31st July 2019.
The workers added that they will not be held liable by the outcomes once their request is not fulfilled with the set time frame.