Mulago Worker's Salary Erroneously Cut

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2700 workers of Mulago Hospital are demanding for their top allowances worth millions of shillings that were erroneously cut following the introduction of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System-IPPS last month.

2700 workers of Mulago Hospital are demanding for their top allowances worth millions of shillings that were erroneously cut following the introduction of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System-IPPS last month. When the new system was introduced some of the staff got as a low as 30,000 shillings as their October salary.  


According to the affected staff URN talked to last week and this week at Mulago, the money include teaching, lunch and health workers allowances. One staff URN talked to on condition of anonymity said he received only 15,000 shillings and wondered how he could pay his rent for this month. Initially the shocked staff did not know what had happened, with some suspecting foul play.
 
 
 For the whole of last week, there was a general feeling of low morale at the hospital, with some not turning up for their scheduled work, until the Executive Director, Dr. B.B Baterana informed the Public Service about the anomaly.
 
 
Some of the staff got concerned that correcting the anomalies would take sometime before they can be paid their dues. On Friday, a notice was sent from the Public Service Ministry acknowledging the problem and promising immediate action.
 
In a letter dated November 1, 2011, J. J. Nanseera said “the allowances of the health workers were erroneously omitted during the payroll data migration to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System in October 2011.”
 
Nanseera who signed of behalf of the Permanent Secretary said “the anomaly has been rectified and that the allowances would now be re-instated with effect from November 2011.”
 

The Spokesperson for the hospital, Dan Kimosho yesterday admitted the crisis but said that following the communication of Doctor Baterana to the Public Service ministry, the situation had been calmed down and workers were working normally.
 
The Integrated Payroll and Personnel System, commonly called IPPS system in civil service, is a computerized system that was designed to check civil service employee records especially for salaries and pension payments to avoid gaps such as those that have in the past led to the creation of ghost workers on government payroll.
 
 
But since its introduction about a year ago, the system has not yet achieved the maximum efficiency intended.