Museveni has bowed to pressure and pleaded with nurses and midwives to call of their strike that was kicking off at midnight.
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The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union with over 21,000 members has been demanding for a 400% pay raise for its members and had called for a strike on Tuesday.
In a meeting with President Museveni and Cabinet, held at the Prime Minister’s office, the Nurses and Midwives Union agreed to call off the planned strike.
Paul Bukenya, the General Secretary Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, said their demands have been presented to government.
“Today, we had a long meeting with President Museveni and Cabinet in which it was resolved that a scheme of service be rectified tomorrow,” Bukenya said.
He said salaries will be enhanced, housing facilities and food allowances considered.
“As far as salary enhancement is concerned, government has given us up to Saturday to give us the final update,” he noted.
He added: “I’m very happy that government has listened to our demands and offered to support. We have worked in solidarity.”
Bukenya urged all nurses and midwives to go back to work now that since government has responded positively to the demands.
Wilson Muruli Mukasa, the Cabinet Minister of Public Service, told NBS TV that the nurses’ notable services are going to continue without any interruptions.
“The government is doing a lot so that we can have a rational way of solving problems at workplaces,” Mukasa said.
He said government has committed itself in improving the salaries of nurses and the construction of housing for nurses is going to continue.
“All this will be concluded in an extraordinary Cabinet meeting.”
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