The recent salary increment for the selected few public servants excluding many has been described as discriminatory, demoralising as well as unconstitutional. The Minister of State for Housing, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the acting government spokesperson, confirmed recently that the increment will benefit selected categories of civil servants at the start
Specific category of civil servants to receive a salary increment are scientists, including those in teaching profession, lecturers and non-teaching staff in public universities, low ranking police and prisons officers.
Others include head teachers and their deputies, soldiers of low ranks, judicial officials and local government political leaders.
The other categories of civil servants not considered in the proposed increment are now up in arms with Government.
Veterinary Doctors feel being left out of the recent salary enhancement approved by the cabinet that specifically targeted scientists can’t leave out veterinary Doctors. The Veterinary doctors also believe that there is a mismatch between the revenues generated from livestock and the budgets allocated.
The President of the Uganda veterinary Association, Dr.Baluka Sylvia says they were not consulted in the salary restructuring.
The association also wants the Veterinary services to be recentralized back to the ministry from the local government whom vets feel have hampered service delivery
Trade Unions reject discriminative salary increments
The National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) has rejected the recent government move to increase the salaries of civl servants, citing discrimination. They also claim that government did not consult workers’ unions.
NOTU General Secretary Christopher Werikhe also said NOTU or its affiliates would not attend an emergency meeting the Ministry of Public Service called for Wednesday, because it’s intended to rubber stamp the unfair decision.
The activists insist that their planned industrial action in protest would proceed on 23rd June 2018 if government doesn’t recall the letter on the salary increments.