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Nurses, Midwives Union Suspend Strike

By Melanie Aanyu,

The president of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU), Mr Justus Cherop, has ordered all its members to resume work today, lessening the crisis in hospitals resulting from a chain of strikes by health workers over low pay.

But sources within the union said that some nurses and midwives are not in agreement with the decision because the government has failed to tell the health workers what they will be earning in the next financial year.

Mr Cherop confirmed to the media yesterday that they have suspended the strike which started on May 26. He didn’t give details.

The cadres were striking because of the delay by the government to implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2018, which required the government to pay certificate holders Shs1.3m, diploma holders Shs3m and degree holders Shs4.8m.

This particular industrial action was triggered by a leaked document from the Ministry of Public Health which indicated that doctors got Shs5m in the enhanced salary –the agreed on amount- but other cadres like nurses and allied health professionals did not get the pay rise to the level agreed on in the CBA.