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Nurses, Midwives Finally Calls off Strike Following threats from Public Service Minister

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Nurses and Midwives have called off their  strike and resumed work today following threats from the public service minister, Wilson Muruli Mikasa.

The president of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU), Justus Cherop Kiplagat ordered all the members to resume work on Monday as a way of easing the crisis in hospitals that had been caused by the linked strikes by health workers over low pay.

Mr Cherops move follows a directive from the Minister of Public Service Wilson Muruli Mukasa ordering nurses and midwives to return to work on Monday 30th May 2022 or risk losing their jobs.

In this regard, the government is calling upon all allied professional health workers, nurses and midwives to report to duty by Monday, 30, May 2022.

By failing to do so, they will be considered as having abandoned duty and resigned accordingly, Minister Mukasa threateningly said on Friday last week.

According to sources, the Ministers directive caused a lot of panic among some members of UNMU thus prompting the Unions leadership to call off the strike.

However, a section of nurses and midwives have accused Mr Cherop of betraying them since he took the decision without consulting them.

The Ministry of Public Service met with the UNMU committee and agreed to release the revised salary structure on June 16. So Mr Cherop was like we should suspend the strike until June 16 but other members are not in agreement, the source said.

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