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Civil Servants' Pay Rise To Wait, Says Gov’t

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check http://davidcenter.ro/components/com_k2/templates/default/latest_item.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Information minister Hon Rose Namayanja, http://crystalhills.org/crystalhills.org/media/widgetkit/widgets/lightbox/lightbox.php while addressing the press on Tuesday reemphasized that there was no possibility of raising anyone’s salary this financial year and asked them to bear with government up to a near future.

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With a deemed underpayment of almost all civil servants in the country, staff at Makerere university set the trend last month by staging a 3 week sit-down strike, in demand for a double salary enhancement.

And since they managed to find a temporary solution to their cause internally, they now say that they are still engaging with government as this is an appropriate time to make their case for next fiscal year’s budget inclusion.

Teachers in private schools have also picked form here and are currently pressing government through a nationwide sit-down strike, to get a 20 percent salary increment.

Hon Namayanja noted that though government had genuinely promised this increment, but it emerged that infrastructural development was a better option because it would help cutting costs of production, attracting investors and thus boosting the national treasury, which would in turn be used to fix the teachers demands.

“Indeed we have this fiscal year managed to get a 4 percent increment not only for teachers but to everybody else in public service. We will go with that for the time being.”

“Teachers must know that they are not in this predicament alone. Health workers, police, the army and everybody else have been complaining about their salaries.”

She added, “It’s true that government has the money, but we were all here when Hon Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka read out the budget in June, placing all emphasis on developing national infrastructure first. We cannot all of a sudden divert it to paying workers. Maybe in the next financial year they can make their pleas again and will hopefully be able to find something for them.”

Almost all civil servants in the country are deemed to be despondently underpaid, with a nurse earning Sh350,000, a soldier at the level of the private earning Sh330,000, an accounts assistant Sh250,000 and a Prison warder and police constable Sh300,000.

Government has since been in fear that with continued strikes from teachers, their counterparts may be influenced to join in the demand for more earning, thereby plunging the country in a crisis, if everybody laid their tools down.

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