The Uganda Government and Allied Workers Union, wants the government to prioritize advancing salaries of civil servants instead of focusing on elections.

Last week, Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary, Keith Muhakanizi said Government will not increase salary remunerations for public servants in the 2020/21 financial year as earlier declared because of funding shortfalls.

Muhakanizi said Government has several funding requirements including the 2021 general elections, which he said requires an additional Shillings 704.6 billion.

Benon Matwire, the Secretary Uganda Government and Allied Workers Union, says the government should drop the negative attitude and prioritize civil servants as opposed to the election.

Matwire says workers are an important element of development that require more attention and failure to consider them would prompt undesirable actions and consequences.

Christopher Kahirita, the chairman of the Union, says the government should embrace increasing salaries for all categories of civil servants indiscriminately.

He argues that the difference in salary increments affects workers even at the gratuity level.  This is because those with a higher salary will be subject to higher gratuity yet both were doing the same job as teaching.

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