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Premier Warns Health Workers as Strike Bites

By Rosette Nandutu,

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has lashed out at striking health care workers, and said the government is sick and tired of working under immense pressure from civil servants.   

Ms Nabbanja, who was commenting on the on-going health workers’ nation-wide sit-down strike, threatened to use her power to sack defiant health care workers.  

The Prime Minister noted that Thts time round while using the powers vested in her by the President, she is yet to  direct the Resident District Commissioners and Chief Administrative Officers to note down those who are demonstrating such that they can be replaced accordingly adding that the Government is tired and will not kneel down for everyone.

Ms Nabbanja made the remarks during the celebration of the martyrdom of St Andrea Kahwa at Kooki Haibale, Kakumiro District.

The striking medical workers have accused the government of failing to comply with the  Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2017 to have their pay increased.

Mr Justus Cherop, the president of the Nurses and Midwives Union, when asked whether they will carry on with the strike said they were meeting government officials over the issue. He didn’t give details.  

The country has experienced a series of devastating strikes, majorly by doctors under their umbrella body Uganda Medical Association and the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union  (UNMU).