Kanungu Health Workers Threaten Strike

dosage geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The nurses complain that they have not received their salaries since February 2013 and those who managed to get it were under paid.

visit web geneva;”>Presenting their petition to the CAO and the principal personnel officer at the district board room on Tuesday, look the Secretary for the organization, Saturday Nason told Chimpreports: “The district local government has bleached the law as per Employment Act 2006 Chapter Administration and Jurisdiction section 12 and Chapter 45 subsection 2.”

Signed by 39 health officers, the petition stated that since February, salaries of several categories of health workers and other civil servants have been affected by different discrepancies as some received half payments, and others have not received anything for months.

The health workers further complain that up to now the district leadership has never come up with any formal statement to address the affected parties as a way of showing concern and responsibility.

As he received the petition, the district CAO, Chrysostom Kayisse said, “This problem is due to the transition in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Public Service, but I will follow up the matter and ensure you all receive your salaries.”

Meanwhile, the nurses and midwives have argued that during this period, their families have been subjected to suffering and their children have not been able to go to school because of delayed payments.

Contacted by Chimpreports, Chairperson Kanungu district, Josephine Kasya admitted:

“We are aware of this problem but we have forwarded the complaint to Ministry of Finance and I hope very soon it will be worked upon,” said Kasya.

Meanwhile, the affected health workers gave Kanungu district local government an ultimatum of 22 days effective from July 8 lest they declare a lawful sit-down action starting on August 2, 2013 as provided for under Subsection 34 of Public Service Act, Chapter 289 part IV ( lawful industrial action in essential services including health care.)


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