Nurses and Midwives working in government hospitals have announced slow-down strike starting in September unless their demands are fulfilled.
The president Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union Justus Cherop said they are demanding for the fulfillment of Shs. 15,000 which was pledged by the president as their lunch allowance in 2017. The president made the pledge while speaking at the national celebrations for the International Day for Nurses and Midwives held at Kyamate secondary school playground in Ntungamo municipality in 2017.
However, Cherop says that although cabinet approved the allowance, the public service minister and other top officials informed them that no such money was allocated this financial year. It is against this that they have resolved to stage a strike. Their strike will involve nurses and midwives taking a duty break from 12:30pm to 2pm to look for lunch.
Nurses and midwives form the backbone of service delivery in government hospitals, with many facilities being run by nurses. However they are poorly remunerated and a strike of this nature would lead to a crisis in many government hospitals.