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We need our money first: Health workers reject Museveni’s plea to call off strike

We need our money first: Health workers reject Museveni’s plea to call off strike

Health workers under their umbrella body Uganda Medical Association (UMA) have declined to call off their strike even after meeting President president Museveni over their demands.

According to the meeting, Museveni agreed to UMA’s call for immediate salary increments and allowances. He appealed to them to resume work while negotiations continue to resolve all issues

However, UMA later said they would not call off the strike until the government honours its part of the agreement.

“We partly discussed several issues that include medical supplies, disease prevention, employment of doctors and ultimately enhancing health workers including salary enhancement and other benefits. We are waiting for a commitment from the government implementation plan and tangible deliverables. Until then we maintain the status quo regarding industrial action,” said UMA President Samuel Odongo Oledo in a statement today.

Over the weekend the health workers declared an industrial action that has left thousands of patients across the country stranded at health facilities as they cannot access full medical care.

“We don’t want signed papers, we don’t want promises, we don’t want meetings. This time all we want is money on our accounts or else we won’t come back to work,” said Dr. Herbert Luswata, Secretary-General Uganda Medical Association.

Dr. Samuel Odongo Oledo added that the health workers have over the past four years engaged relevant government ministries, departments, and agencies to discuss matters affecting them. But the government has been making promises which have not been fulfilled.

On September 30, 2019, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Public Service Ministry to increase allowances and salaries of scientists, University lecturers, and health workers.

The allowances of health workers were supposed to be increased from Shs12 billion to Shs35 billion per financial year and this was meant to address all their grievances related to improving their welfare and salaries.

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