Kabale Hospital Workers To Strike On Monday Over Salary Delays

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Kabale regional referral hospital health workers have threatened to go on strike on Monday, December 3rd if they do not receive their salaries for August, October and November this year.

Kabale regional referral hospital health workers have threatened to go on strike on Monday, December 3rd if they do not receive their salaries for August, October and November this year.

The 98 Kabale hospital health workers started a partial strike on Monday this week over delays in their salaries.

Kabale regional referral Hospital Medical superintendent Dr. Placid Mihayo revealed to Uganda Radio Network (URN) that the health workers had threatened to strike on Monday 26th November but were urged not to do so.

After failing to reach a consensus on whether to strike or not, some of the health workers opted to choose their own working hours at the hospital. Others have simply stayed away from the hospital premises much of the week.

Students from the neighbouring Kabale school of Enrolled Comprehensive Nursing and Kabale Institute of Health Sciences have been manning most of the wards at the hospital as part of their student practice.

Although the health workers met with Dr. Diana Atwine from the president’s office to air out their grievances on Monday, many still preferred to stay away from the hospital.

Festo Mwijukiye, a patient at Kabale surgical ward, said that the health workers were rare in the ward. Whenever they visited the ward, the health workers say they had no reason to work as their families are hungry.

Mihayo said that the Ministry of Health had explained that the missed payments were a result of faulty bank account systems.

However, the health workers rejected this explanation and vowed not to go to work until it was sorted out. They also wondered why they had been able to receive their September salaries but not for the other two months.

Mihayo further revealed that the health workers gave the hospital administration up to ensure they received their salaries or they would lay down their tools.

Mihayo says that they have told him that they were going to leave behind a group of people to attend to emergencies before they start their strike.
 
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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