Benon Matwire, the Secretary Uganda Government and Allied Workers Union, says Muhakanizi has a negative attitude towards Salary Increment and that is why he is saying they have other funding requirements like elections.
Uganda Government and Allied Workers Union, has asked government to focus on
improving the salaries of civil servants other focusing on elections.
comes a week after the Finance Ministry; said Government will not be in
position to meet salary enhancement requirements for public servants in the 2020/21
financial year due funding shortfalls despite its earlier commitment.
The Finance Ministry,
Permanent Secretary, Keith Muhakanizi said
Government has several funding requirements including the 2021 general
elections, which he said requires an additional Shillings 704.6 billion.
However, Benon Matwire, the Secretary Uganda Government and Allied Workers
Union, says Muhakanizi
has a negative attitude towards Salary Increment and that is why he is saying
they have other funding requirements like elections.
He says government needs to prioritise salary increment for
civil servants as opposed to election, saying failure to do so could prompt
undesirable actions and consequences.
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Matwire says workers are an important element of
development. He say Uganda cannot talk about development yet pay less attention
to the people that do the work that is intended to develop the county.
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Christopher Kahirita, the chairman of the Union,
says civil servants are the backbone of government business and if they were
to lay down tools, business would be at a standstill.
He wonders how government
says it has no funds yet it continues creating more administration units like
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Last week, the Local Government Minister, Tom
Butime presented to parliament a proposal to alter boundaries to creating
more than 20 constituencies in the newly created cities and municipalities
across the country.
Kahirita also says government should consider
increasing salaries for all categories of civil servants and do it without discrimination.
He says for instance science teachers should be paid the same as their arts
counterparts, adding that if there is need for extra payment to the science
teachers, a special allowance be introduced.
“For instance a science allowance could be
introduced just like government had the hard to reach areas allowances for
people who were working in remote hard to reach areas,” suggested Kihirita.
He argues that the difference in salary
increment affects workers even at gratuity level. This is because those
with a higher salary will be subject to higher gratuity yet both were doing the
same job like teaching.