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Nurses demand 400% salary increment within 7 days

Nurses under their umbrella body, Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) are demanding for a 400 percent salary increment and allowances totalling to Shs 9 million each. The nurses are threatening to lay down their tools if their request is not met within the next seven days.

The Union, an independent entity working to safeguard the professional, social and organizational interests of nurses and midwives fronted the demand through a letter to the permanent secretary Ministry of Public Service.

The letter is copied to the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng and Finance Minister Matia Kasaija.

Nurses and doctors at a recent meeting at Mulago hospital

Paul Henry Bukenya, the union's secretary general says that the 400 percent increment will raise the salary of the lowest paid nurse to Shs 2.5 million. He says that the Shs 9 million allowance will cover the cost of housing, risk, medical, responsibility, transport, transfer, leave, funeral and overtime for each member.

"The members noted that salaries for nurses and midwives be increased by 400 percent effective with the lowest cadre in nursing earning 2,500,000," the letter signed by Bukenya reads.

He says the position to lay down tools was agreed upon in a consultative meeting held on November 23. 

"The members, therefore, demanded that government gives its position about increment of nurses and midwives salaries and the implementation of the new schemes of services for nurses and midwifery within seven days. Failure for the government to comply, the nurses and midwives will lay down their tools by December 5, 2017," the letter further says.

Bukenya says the salaries of nurses and midwives are inadequate to meet their basic needs such as accommodation, food, transport, medical fee and also their support families.

He further notes that government recently pledged to increase salaries of doctors but "nothing was mentioned about nurses and midwives."

Medical doctors called off their strike a fortnight ago after the government promised to pay a starting doctors Shs 5 million effective next financial year.

The nurses condemned and distanced themselves from doctors' strike. The National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) together with Uganda Medical Workers Union, and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union sued medical doctors for calling an illegal strike. The nurses' unions later pulled out of the case saying they had not been consulted by NOTU.

According to the Ministry of Public Service salary scale releases early this year, nurses classified from salary scale U7 to U4 earn between Uganda Shs 400,000 and Shs 700,000. 


+3 #1 Phalanch 2017-11-28 15:24
The chances of having these calls heard will take a collective effort , standing together as a force to demand , but this business of selective approach will never bare any fruit from these well known vampires.
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+2 #2 gwok 2017-11-28 16:40
Quoting Phalanch:
The chances of having these calls heard will take a collective effort , standing together as a force to demand , but this business of selective approach will never bare any fruit from these well known vampires.

I agree. Doctors' efforts / services, without those of the the other hospital staff in the Wards, would be useless & even dangerous to patients in some cases.

I say to the relevant Heath Authority that a car without its steering wheel is useless. Please let us not forget the situation of teachers too.
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-1 #3 Hoi 2017-11-28 17:05
The medical profession is in disarray. It is making demands but does it generate the revenues to justify these increases?

Already, medics are trained and employed by govt, many for free. We are in a process of negative development.

If you want more money, show us how much you have contributed in taxes.
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+2 #4 Marcello 2017-11-28 17:46
salary harmonisation will remain a pipe dream if the govt does not cut down on a bloated government-RDCs, Ministers, presidential advisors, huge parliament,useless districts, ISOs, ESOs, PISOs, useless Authorities, etc.
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+1 #5 rubangakene 2017-11-28 20:45
Quoting #3 hoi - The medical profession is in disarray because the government is all over the place!

A powerless parliament and a president who is most of the time out of the country trying to solve other countries' problems, what do you expect?

By the way the medical services is a national service provider and does not need to generate any revenues if taxes were properly collected and managed; instead we siphon monies out to Panama, Mauritius, etc., and do you know the presidential jet alone is the "cul-de-sac" so to speak! What world do you live in?

The nurses pay their taxes so should if you are in employment.
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+1 #6 Phalanch 2017-11-28 21:30
" Please let us not forget the situation of teachers too"

All what the teachers and nurses r saying is falling on deaf ears and blind eyes and not only for them but to nation will always be forgotten.

NOT until we all as nation stand in solidarity like else where to put an end to this madness we shall continue to suffer.
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0 #7 Christine Munduru 2017-11-30 18:34
Nurses and Midwives, why were you asleep when doctors were striking, you even joined to open a case against them, didnt you know that there is power in numbers?

You should have immediately joined and that would have had a bigger impact and all your issues should have been delt with together with doctors.

I must say that as a advocate in health, I was very disappointed, we are advocating for all of you and then you turn against your fellow colleagues(doctors)! It was a shame.

Until Ugandans know how to work and act together, this president will just be working on divide and rule tactics and succeeding and Ugandans will remain gnashing their teeth in the problems.

When teachers were striking, the rest were watching, doctors are striking, nurses and midwives are watching. The only way to achieve a bigger impact is to act in unison, not these individual small strikes.
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