High Court Deputy Registrar Sarah Langa has today dismissed an application filed by Uganda Medical Workers Union (UMWU) seeking to stop doctors from negotiating with government about pay increases and improvement of their working conditions.
The application was dismissed basing on the a letter signed by the minister of finance in which government indicated it is ready to address the doctors’ concerns after finalizing the bill that is aimed at harmonizing salaries of all civil servants.
In the application, UMWU wanted court to issue an interim order restraining Uganda Medical Association (UMA) President Dr. Ekwaro Obuku and workers MP Sam Lyomoki from discussing the matter, saying the doctor’s umbrella association has no authority to represent the medical workers’ interests.
In the plaint UMA was accused of undermining UMWU by calling the strike.
Three weeks ago, doctors under UMA convened a general assembly and agreed to go on strike, protesting government’s failure to increase their salaries and improve their welfare.
Meanwhile, the UMA general assembly is expected to make a decisio