The Bishop of West Buganda Anglican Diocese; The Rt Rev Henry Katumba Tamale, has called for a general salary scales review for all public servants, as a decisive solution to the recurrent strikes.
He is concerned that repeated action by different categories of civil servants is presenting grievous effects to the population that fails to access the much desired social services every time government workers strike.
Bishop Katumba’s advice comes over a week after primary and Arts teachers in secondary schools laid down their tools demanding enhancements of their salaries.
Besides the teachers, health professionals, lecturers, and nonteaching staff in public universities have also repeatedly gone on strike to demand a pay rise.
Bishop Katumba says that the government needs to set up and operationalize a Salaries Review Commission to harmonize payments of all public servants, other than handling the problem in a piecemeal approach.
According to him, the current salary structures create serious wage inequalities which will haunt the country for decades.
Bishop Katumba on salaries…..
Bishop Katumba advised that in the meantime, the government should avoid being stiff-necked while handling teachers’ demands, but instead find ways of courteously engaging them in the interest of the parents and students who have become victims of circumstances. END.