The Uganda Local Government Workers Union (ULGWU) has listed the amount of money by which they want their current salaries enhanced or else they will lay down their tools starting this week.
As we reported last week, ULGWU bosses headed by their secretary general Hassan Lwabayi Mudiba have threatened to start their strike on July 07, 2022.
The local government workers union want the salary of a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) increased from the current Shs2.369m to Shs15m every month.
They also want the salary of a deputy director increased from Shs2.081m to Shs14.5m, and that of a commissioner or under secretary from Shs1.859m to Shs14.3m, that of an assistant commissioner from Shs1.69m to Shs14m.
They also want each principal officer or administrative cadre to have his or her salary increased from Shs1.2m to Shs13.8m; that of a senior graduate officer or administrative cadre from Shs1.177m to Shs13.5m; that of a senior graduate officer from Shs979,805 to Shs13.4m, that of a graduate professional cadre ay entry point from Shs798,667 to Shs13.37m.
See more of the proposed salary increments for each of the identified 14 positions and categories in the local governments:
For more on the demands from the local government officials and reasons for their strike which is expected to start on Thursday, July 07, Read Story Here.
You can read more stories from our extensive coverage of the state of strikes and salary increment circus below:
MORE ON ARTS TEACHERS’ STRIKE
In his budget speech read on June 14, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija announced that the salaries of science teachers, scientists and health workers will be increased in a ‘very big’ way starting July 2022. (Read Story Here).
Hours after Minister Kasaija read the budget for the 2022-23 Financial Year indicating a salary increment for teachers of science, arts teachers began their strike, making it clear that all teachers matter. (Read Story Here).
Government held talks with secondary school arts teachers and primary school teachers’ leaders under Unatu. After failing to convince the striking teachers to call off their industrial action, Museveni’s government through Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, resorted to threatening teachers to either return to class or be fired.
But secondary school arts and primary level teachers under Unatu have fired back at President Museveni’s government, making it clear that threats of being fired will not force them to end their strike. (Read Story Here).
Relatedly, more government employees’ unions have threatened to lay down their tools in solidarity with striking teachers if government fires them, meaning that there could some sort of national shutdown. (Read Story Here).
The amount of money that President Museveni wants each arts teacher to be paid every month — as and when resources become available — has been revealed. (Read Story Here).
MORE ON SCIENCE TEACHERS’ SALARY INCREMENT
MORE ON SALARY INCREMENT CIRCUS
In order to improve service delivery and end the challenge of strikes over low pay, President Museveni’s government has proposed huge salary increments for teachers, doctors and other employees starting July 2022. (Read Story Here)
The proposed increments have left many people wondering if government will really fulfill this pledge and increase salaries by very high amounts.
For example, opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has argued that the promise of salary increment is just ‘another lie.’ (Read Story Here).
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija recently said the money for increasing teachers’, doctors’ and other civil servants’ salaries was available. (Read Story Here).
In August 2021, cabinet approved salary increment for teachers, doctors and other health workers. (Read Story Here).
See the salary structure that had been proposed for the current financial year here.
Meanwhile, an NRM MP has angered teachers after telling them they are too poor to go on strike. (Read Story Here).