Hearing of case against striking doctors hits snag

Dr Ekwaru Obuku is accused of masterminding the strike. File photo.

KAMPALA–The hearing of the case against the striking doctors has hit a snag.

This follows failure to file a response in court by the Attorney General who is part of the case.

High Court Deputy Registrar Sarah Langa adjourned the case to November 23.

The striking doctors under their umbrella organisation, Uganda Medical Association (UMA), were dragged to court by Uganda Medical Workers Union (UMWU) for allegedly engaging in what they call illegal industrial action.

UMWA wants Court to order UMA president, Ekwaru Obuku and Workers’ MP Dr. Sam Lyomoki to pay damages resulting from announcing a strike without following the prescribed legal procedures.

In the suit, UMWU, the National Organisation of Trade unions and the Uganda Nurses and Midwives claim they are the only organisations mandated to hold negotiations on behalf of health workers and government.

The Union henceforth wants all the ongoing negotiations between government and UMA to be declared null and void and instead order government to hold such negotiations with the legally mandated bodies.

The doctors are currently on strike over salary increment and also want government to improve their working conditions. Attempts in the past few weeks to have them resume work have been futile.



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