As the world last week commemorated the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Workers’ Representative under the National Organization of Trade Union, Moses Mauku came out to express concern on the decision by government to “discriminatively enhance salary of civil servants.”
The concerns stem from the recent civil servants pay rise which catered for among others Science teachers, who will be getting up to Shs. 2million , whereas their Arts counterparts remained at Shs. 450, 000.
Mauku said that despite calling for salary enhancement, government without negotiating with workers chose to adopt a discriminative way of enhancing workers’ pay in the public sector which is lawful.
“All workers are the same, much as we may have different positions; you cannot say that some workers will get their pay rise in July while others will wait for another financial year yet all work for the same employer,” Mauku said.
Mauku suggested that in case of insufficient funds, stakeholders should have sat and agreed on how to distribute the little that is available but not discriminating among workers.
“Discrimination is not going to be allowed, if it is salary enhancement, let it go to everybody whether others teach Arts or Sciences. They are all teachers; we implore government to rethink the method of enhancing salary for public servants, the mode you chose is not acceptable to even workers themselves.”
He noted that NOTU is currently carrying on consultations and will avail government with a report of what the workers themselves want.
However, in response, the Minister of State for Gender, Labor and Social Development, Peace Mutuuzo insisted that the decision that was taken by government still stands and will not be changed whatsoever.
“We do educate scientists as a country and we compete for them with the neighboring countries because they offer green pastures which we must find solutions for,” Mutuuzo said.
The Minister added, “That doesn’t mean to say that other workers are not offering services or that they don’t matter but we can’t look on and we die, we must maintain the work force here.”
“The workers must appreciate that we are doing this not because anybody is offering less but because we have apriority ahead of us and we are not only looking at what is going into somebody’s pocket but the value of what he is offering to the rest of us to be able to live and survive to develop this country.”