Kanungu Health Workers Cry Foul over Unpaid Salaries

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In short
While others had their names deleted from the payroll for no clear reason, some of their colleagues are earning less than their pay and a few others receiving a little more than their stipulated salaries, Saturday Nason, the branch secretary general says.

Health workers in Kanungu ask the Public service Ministry to clear their unpaid salary arrears and discontinue discrepancies in the payroll before the end of this month lest they take to industrial action.

The health workers under their umbrella body ‘Uganda National Midwives union –Kanungu branch’ say they have not received any payments over the last seven months due to inconsistencies on the pay roll.
 
 While others had their names deleted from the payroll for no clear reason, some of their colleagues are earning less than their pay and a few others receiving a little more than their stipulated salaries, Saturday Nason, the branch secretary general says.
 
He cites his duty station ‘Kihihi health centre four’ where at least 25 out of the 45 health workers have not been paid salaries since February. He adds that health workers have tried to find the solution to the anomalies but have failed to yield positive results.

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Nason says that there is no clear or specific number of the affected health workers since the number changes on a monthly basis adding that they are always unsure of a monthly remuneration. He however demands that the problem be treated as a matter of urgency to avoid a possible crisis in the health sector.

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Kanungu chief Administrative officer Chrysostom Kaise asks health workers to be considerate and patient adding that the idea of laying down tools will bring suffering to the innocent communities that they serve. He says that the district leadership is engaging authorities at the Centre to ensure that issues to with salaries are ironed out.
 

 

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