The government of Uganda has urged all its employees who are planning to or on strike of any kind to call off the demonstrations and “resume work immediately” as they finalize on addressing their issues.
An October 13 statement issued by Wilson Muruli Mukasa, the minister of public service, indicates that the government has already “developed proposals”, and they “are now being appraised to ascertain their viability and long term sustainability.”
By the “end of November 2017”, the statement in part reads, “government will pronounce itself on the matter.”
The communique from Minister Mukasa comes amidst a resumed strike by prosecutors and threats by doctors to stage a massive nationwide industrial action come November 12.
Prosecutors and doctors want the government to address issues which include among others salary increment, security, housing allowances and medical insurance.
Before resuming their strike, the government had pledged to prosecutors in an extraordinary meeting held on July 17, 2017 at Imperial Royale hotel, to address the concerns in 90 days.
The target, however, was not met.
Regarding that issue, Mukasa’s statement says, “… target could not be met because government decided to address pay issues in the Public Service in a comprehensive manner.”
In the proposed system, according to the statement, the Ministry of Public Service has been directed to develop a pay policy that eliminates pay disparities and ensures pay enhancement across the Public sector.