Judges postpone strike to Feb 2018

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Judicial officers postponed their strike [NTV photo]

Judicial officers have agreed to postpone their industrial action to the 12th of February 2018.

This came after an extraordinary meeting by Uganda Judicial Officers’ Association (UJOA) at the High Court in Kampala Monday to discuss a way forward.

The judges in September voted to have their strike suspended indefinitely until December 11 as they await to hear from government over their pay.

UJOA president Godfrey Kaweesa says they met with Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire who promised to work on their demands.

UJOA, he said, got assurances from government that the judicial officers’’ issues would be worked on.

The judges have now decided to push the strike to next year when they expect to have their demands addressed.

The minister for public service Muruli Mukasa told journalists at Uganda Media Centre that a special cabinet meeting that sat on December 9th chaired by President Museveni agreed to have a salary increment to a number of public servants including the judicial officers.

The chief justice earns Shs 20m, his deputy Shs 18m and the principal judge Shs 10m while a Supreme court judge earns Shs 9.6m and a judge of the Court of Appeal/Constitutional court gets Shs 9.3m.

High court judges earn Shs 9 million each whereas Grade II magistrates earn Shs 737, 837 per month. Judges are demanding for appropriate salary raises.