By; Ben Musanje
Nurses and Midwives under their umbrella body the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) have stormed the offices of their leaders demanding for the government consent letter to increase their salaries if they are not to lay down tools.
This was after media reports by the UNMU leaders that they had called off the strike that was to start today, after meeting President Museveni and the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda yesterday.
Angry nurses and midwives accuse their leaders especially the union President Justus Cherop and the Secretary General Paul Henry Bukenya for betraying them and accepting a bribe of UGX 50 million each to call off the strike.
They have rejected their leaders’ proposal to resume work until they receive the document showing government’s commitment to enhance their salaries to at least UGX 2.5 million per month and the scheme of services.
However, Cherop insists that the strike will remain on hold until they come up with a final position with government by Saturday this week.
An enrolled nurse in Uganda with a certificate earns UGX 470,000 per month after two and half years in school; an enrolled nurse who is a diploma holder earns UGX 740,000; a senior nursing officer who is double trained earns UGX 950,000 and a principal nursing officer earns UGX1.3 million.
A senior principal officer assistant commissioner earns between UGX 1.3 million to UGX1.8 million per month.