The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) has called off its planned strike following a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni who agreed to their demands. The nurses and midwives had threatened to lay down their tools at Midnight on Monday.
Paul Henry Bukenya, the Union General Secretary, says they decided to call off their strike after holding a meeting with President Museveni at State House Entebbe early this week. He explains that during the meeting, Museveni directed the Ministry of Public Service to give them a pay rise. The nurses are demanding a 400 percent pay rise.
Once implemented, the lowest paid nurse will earn Shillings 2.5 million and the highest will earn Shillings 9 million. The money will include housing, risk, medical, responsibility, transport, transfer, leave, funeral and overtime allowances for each member.
Bukenya says Museveni advised them to start a Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO), which he promised to support. “I encouraged all nurses to report for work because government has committed to address our concerns,” he said.
The nurse’s strike came days after medical doctors under Uganda Medical Association (UMA) called off their strike last month, which had lasted for three weeks. The doctors called off the strike after government promised to pay a starting monthly salary of up to Shillings 5 million to doctors effective next financial year.