Local gov’t workers plan strike over low salaries

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Local Government workers have also threatened to lay down their tools if government does not increase their salaries.

In their letter to the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, and the Head of the Public Service, the workers cite the ‘discriminating’ higher pay to fellow government workers in Bank of Uganda (BOU) governor who receives Shs50m, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) commissioner general who gets Shs40m, and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director who is paid Shs43m.

Through their umbrella body, Uganda Local Government Workers Association, they warn to lay down their tools in 90 days’ time.

They said government has not responded to their petition to the Public Service Negotiating Council, saying salary discrimination is unconstitutional and illegal.

The union said the wage compression ratio between the lowest and highest should be fixed at the ratio 1:10.

“That the minimum salary i.e U8 [Lower] was proposed to be raised from Shs187,660 to Shs1.7m per month.”

They now assume that the highest paid public servant in Uganda is at Shs17m [traditional civil service] saying this is already questionable by the members.

This comes only days after judicial officers country wide announced a strike as well over low pay.

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