By our reporter
Three workers Unions have sued all striking medical practitioners for engaging in an illegal strike.
The unions have also sued the Secretary General of the Uganda Medical Association Dr. Ekwaro Obuku and Workers MP Dr. Sam Lyomoki demanding for damages resulting from announcing an industrial action without following the prescribed legal procedures.
According to the plaint filed in Kampala High court, the Uganda Medical Workers Union, the National Organisation of Trade unions and the Uganda Nurses and Midwives claim are the only organisations mandated to hold negotiations on behalf of health workers and government and therefore court should issue permanent orders barring any other persons from purporting to represent health workers.
Now the Union wants all the on-going negotiations between government , the Uganda Medical Association and Dr. Ebuku be declared as null and void and instead order government to hold such negotiations with the mandated bodies.
The medical workers declared strike last week at their annual general assembly held at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Mulago which strike has paralyzed health care services in all public hospitals across the country.
Apparently, doctors demand increment in salaries and duty allowances of health professionals, review the supply chain and management of medicines, vaccines and medical supplies, as well as disband the State House Medicine and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit.