By Spy Uganda
Local Government employees have petitioned parliament seeking government’s intervention in what they called imbalanced salary structures and poor working conditions.
These say, the Ministry of Public Service salary structure release showed there was a salary increment for only eight categories of Government employees under the Health sector. These are the district health officers and their assistants, Specialist medical officers, dental surgeons and pharmacists in salary scale U2, consultants, senior consultants and directors of hospitals.
In a press briefing, the ULGWU General Secretary, Hassan Lwabayi Mudiba said, local government workers and non-science public servants were left out in the new salary structure by government, something he urge as unfair.
“It was agreed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement phase II 2019/2020 national budget that 412 billion shillings be given to cater for salary enhancement for local government workers and non-science public officers but no commitment has been made for the same,” Mudiba said.
According to the local government workers General Secretary, government ought to stop the discrimination of non-science public officers so as to attain harmonious labour relations in service provision.
“We have therefore called for a special national conference to generate resolutions to be presented to government to make sure salary enhancement for non-science public officers is also considered,” Mudiba said.
The special meeting is set for July 12 at Jokas Hotel, Bweyogerere in Wakiso district. Mudiba also said the Union has mandated Dr. Sam Lyomoki, MP for workers, to present the petition in Parliament during plenary.
The July 1 circular from the Ministry of Public Service indicated that the country’s wage bill had increased from Shs4.2 trillion in the 2018/2019 financial year to Shs4.69 trillion.