The Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Paul Gadenya has called upon judicial officers under their umbrella association, the Uganda Judiciary Officers Association UJOA not to proceed with their planned industrial action aimed at influencing the government to improve their working conditions
These, in their General Assembly meeting held recently had given the government an ultimatum of 30 days which ends tomorrow Friday.
If by close of business nothing among their set conditions is fulfilled, the judges determined to lay down their tools.
In the letter dated 24th August 2017 addressed to all Supreme Court judges, Court of Appeal judges, High court judges, Registrars, Deputy Registrars, Chief Magistrates, grade one magistrates and Grade two magistrates, Gadenya said their requests are currently before the Judicial Service Commission, and urged them to stay at work.
“It’s the judicial service commission which is mandated to advise government on terms of service for judicial officers, and it is already working on the revised submission of matter with UJOA input,” he wrote.
Gadenya added that it could be better if they first exhaust the means of negotiations and the petition filed in constitutional court on the same matter before resorting to industrial action which should be the last resort
“The chief justice who is the patron for UJOA has also advised that since the courses of industrial action have not been exhausted it would be premature to go for a strike”