Uganda declares doctors’ strike illegal

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KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has ordered all doctors and interns to resume work, saying their strike is illegal.

 Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng says Uganda Medical Association (UMA) that organised the strike is not a registered union to lobby for labour rights and therefore their industrial action is unlawful.

In an 8-point statement read at a press conference on Thursday night at Health ministry headquarters in Kampala, Dr Aceng says the doctors never gave formal 90-day notice and followed no public service procedure in declaring industrial action.

The doctors want government to review their monthly salaries which will see an intern doctor earn Shs8.5million from the current shs960, 000 before tax.

But government says their demands are unrealistic. They also want a medical officer or a teaching assistant at Uganda’s medical school at the National Referral, Mulago to be paid shs15million and also given a two- bedroomed -house and a 2.5cc vehicle.

They also demand that a senior consultant doctor or a Professor be paid a gross salary of Shs35m minus allowances and five- bedroom house, 4.0cc vehicle and   three domestic workers.

Currently, a senior consultant doctor earns about Shs3.4million, consultant 2.6m and a Medical officer gets 1.1million as a monthly salary.

The doctors also want the salaries for nurses and midwives enhanced to about 6.5million besides a 3 bedroomed house, 2.0cc vehicle and one domestic worker

Dr Oceng ordered the doctors association which organised the strike to stop interfering with Association members willing to work; promised protection for doctors who get back to work; and, says intern doctors who fail to comply will have their internships terminated and have to reapply.

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  1. Subject: “Uganda declares doctors’ strike illegal” By Tom Mugisha, Nov 11, 2017

    Commentary, 11 Nov 2017
    “Illegal”?! “Illegal?! “Illegal” ?! For God’s name, since when LEGALITY & DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM was observed in Uganda — for that matter in the entire Continent of Africa? Since when African people enjoyed DEMOCRACY and Rule of LAW? Since when the African people had fair “say” in their Life?
    For heaven’s sake, as an African saying goes >>>’let us us be honest and die telling the truth’l If we must die, let us die refusing to obey the dictates of dishonorable individuals.

    Africa was never governed by democracy. Africans have always been SLAVES under foreign colonial powers and replaced by indigenous heartless dictators. IT IS A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW, but, for sure, it has ‘awakening’ effect to be conscious of our true selves, thus helping us [hopefully] to align ourselves onto the RIGHT direction.

    Let us go back to the News Item:
    Quote: The Ministry of Health has ordered all doctors and interns to resume work, saying their strike is illegal. Unquote
    Observe (without being surprised) that no where a ‘JUDICIARY SYSTEM is mentioned as normal arbitration system. It is only an “order”. It is the only language of Dictators — Order, Obey and Die. And, it is a normal practice in Africa under absolute dictatorial regimes — from East to West; and from South to North in the “Dark”Continent of Africa. But it is OUR Africa.

    Having said the above, it is absolutely incumbent upon the medical society to make sure that emergency medical situation would not be a catalyst for devastation of the entire health system of the country. Thus, a perfect excuse to a Dictator. The wisdom [i.e. striking a balance] to manage between expressing grievances and causing devastation of the country must be observed by the Ugandan Medical Institution. I RUSH to clarify, lest a false meaning is given: My discourse DOES NOT apply to DICTATORS. We are not talking about dialogue with Dictators. There is no such thing as negotiation with Dictators. Having said that, the Medical Profession of Uganda would be a shining example if they follow the UNIVERSAL and CIVILIZED rules of conduct in the resolution of their grievances. THE END

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