By Elizabeth Kabibi
Following negotiations between the Government and Public Servants from the Directorate of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Judiciary regarding their emoluments, Government committed itself to address all the raised concerns within 90 days. However, according to the Minister of Public Service, Hon. Wilson Muruli Mukasa, all the other raised issues have been addressed except that of pay issues.
Mukasa, while speaking to journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Friday said that Government decided to address pay issues in the Public Service in a comprehensive manner other than attending to one body at ago.
Mukasa who was in company of Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. David Bahati told members of the press that a directive which was given to the Ministry of Public Service to develop a pay policy that eliminates pay disparities and ensures pay enhancement across the Public Service is in its final stages.
"Proposals to have a harmonized salary structure have been developed and are now being appraised to ascertain their viability and long term sustainability, because they are considering different issues such as the cost of living and one's experience. Government is expected to pronounce itself on the matter by end of November 2017," said Mukasa
Mukasa added that for those public servants who will not adhere to the government's call to resume work immediately and continue striking, the law will be enforced on them.
"There are some workers who will maliciously continue to strike even when the rest call off the strike, that is a public order offence and the law will catch up with them, " said Mukasa.
According to the ministers, the salary enhancement once implemented, public officers will start receiving the enhanced salaries with effect from the next financial year (2018-2019) in July.
Mukasa also appreciated the efforts of all Public Servants for their continued delivery of services to the citizens despite the prevailing challenges and pressures.
Therefore, Government calls upon all employees on strike to call it off and resume work immediately, and to those with intentions to strike, to halt and wait for Government decision on the matter.
"We know that all these Public Servants like their jobs and want to work although this issue is straining them, however; government promises to work on it and we can assure you that every public servant will be happy with the salary enhancement. Because, salary enhancement is obvious, no debate on that," said Hon. David Bahati.