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Nurses, Midwives Suspend Strike

After close to four days without working in protest of low pay, the president of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU), Mr Justus Cherop, has asked all its members to resume work today.

This comes after the government announced recently that it would fire those that are not working.

Although Cherop has asked members of his association to resume work, Mazima understands that the government has not specified yet how much nurses and midwives will be earning in the next financial year, something some nurses want to hear before they resume work.

The medical workers started striking because of the delay by the government to implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2018, which required the government to pay certificate holders Shs1.3m, diploma holders Shs3m and degree holders Shs4.8m.

The strike was particularly triggered by a leaked document from the Ministry of Public Health which indicated that doctors got Shs5m -yet nurses and midwives get much less.

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