Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) has called off a strike following a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe, during which it was resolved that their concerns would be addressed.
The nurses and midwives were expected to begin industrial action today after they petitioned government on November 27, demanding a pay rise, improvement of working conditions, allowances and lunch at various government facilities.
But appearing on a local television station, the UNMU Secretary General Paul Bukenya said they had called off the strike to allow for negotiations following positive government response.
“Government has informed us that our grievances will be discussed on Wednesday and a decision will be reached by cabinet on Saturday and finally the report will be submitted to the salary review commission,” Mr. Bukenya said
In a related development, public service minister Wilson Mukasa Muruli said government would address all public sector workers demands.
“The ministry has engaged all striking groups. However, by the end of this year harmonization of salary structure of all civil servants will be out,” he said.
Recently, doctors under their umbrella organization, the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), went on strike, also demanding better pay and improved working conditions. They have since called off the industrial action, pending agreed upon decisions with government, expected by December 15.
Meanwhile, the calling off of the doctors and nurses strikes comes in the wake of government announcing that it would recruit 200 Cuban doctors to fill the void created by medical workers industrial action that has crippled health service delivery in the country.