Justice and Constitution Affairs Minister, Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire has implored all judicial officers to end industrial strike as government harmonizes all workers’ salaries.
‘’There will be no salary increment before the salary harmonisation exercise, we therefore ask them to return to work, immediately’’. The minister implored.
He further noted that the government has agreed to offer judicial officers security, transport and office equipment in an effort to end strike.
Addressing the press at Uganda Media Centre today, Gen. Otafiire revealed that a comprehensive pay across government departments will be concluded in October basing on equity, sustainability and affordability of the government.
According to Gen. Otafiire the Bill is before cabinet and almost complete, “there are few things that were to be finished and by next week they might be done”.
On August 25, judicial officials under their umbrella organisation, the Uganda Judicial Officials Association (UJOA) went on strike demanding for a better pay.
This year several public departments have gone down to strike all demanding ‘better pays’ however the government has in similar cases responded to their claims by increasing their salary scales.
Officials from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) also laid down their tools, demanding for salary increment and immediately government heeded to their cries and their pay was increased with the biggest beneficiary being the Director of Public Prosecution who was upgraded from Shs10 million to Shs30 million.
On Tuesday last week, Uganda Local Council Workers Union threatened to lay down their tool in case the government fails to raise their salary from Shs187, 660 to Shs1, 760,000 within a period of 90 days.