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Uganda being with tripartite agreement in ILO, it observes the ILO conversation 149 which includes 8 hour day converage, maternity protection, minimum age, and work place safety conventions.

That’s why when Uganda lost the 5 nurses who died of Ebora in Bundibugyo our colleagues from the International body have planned to join in this struggle to strengthen the nurses of Uganda to have a strong Union.

The Convention reorganizes the role of nursing the health of nursing personnel for the health and the well being of Ugandans. Special conditions in which nursing is carried out include:
-Adequate training to exercise nursing functions.
-Attractive employment and working conditions, including career prospects, renumiration and social security.
-The adaptation of occupational safety and health regulations to nursing work.
-The participation of nursing personnel in the planning of nursing services.
-The consultation with nursing personnel regarding their employment and working conditions.
-Dispute settlement mechanisms.

These can strengthen the rights of nursing personnel, which can guide policy makers, workers and employers representatives in planning and implementing nursing policies within Uganda overall health policy.

Uganda in August 2003 registered the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union under section 9 of the Decree of the trade unions of No.20 of 1976.Registered No.21TU and Public service reorganized the union and gave a code for subscription No.98 that is observed by all the members of the union under the labour law 2006. The union has 1500 registered book members who are yet to be desensitized to become full members of the trade union when they start to subscribe.

With continuous efforts of the General Secretary (Sister Nassuna Edith) Nurses Union has continued to negotiate with Government, Ministry of Health and International bodies about the state of the working conditions etc of the nurses of Uganda.

ACHIEVEMENTS
1. Several meetings and adjustments have been done on Labour laws, with the Trade Organization (NOTU) and they have been enacted by Parliament which include:
-The occupational Health and safety.
-Arbitration and Settlement Act 2006
Public Service Negotiation machinery, which was signed by the President recently.

2.The National Trade Organisation has trained several of the sisters and brother  with the assistance of ILO/LO-Norway/OATUU etc as :
-Trainers in occupation Health and Safety.
-Youth organizing committee.
-Education Trainners
-Shop stewards.

And among the sisters we have sister Kyansima Judith from Mbarara as chairperson Youth at National level we congratulate her for the position.

  • Brother Alex from Kanungu was trained at National Level as an educator.
  • Sister Lilian Okot from Gulu trained as a National trainer for shop stewards.
  • Sister Birungi Annet from Mulago recently attended a course on occupation health and safety.
  • Brother Mbabazi P from Masaka attended several meetings as Deputy General Secretary.
  • Sister Venis Katusime from Mbarara,Florence Rwabahima from Kanungu and Regina Wanyama from Mbale attended several meetings on behalf of the union and many others have also been called upon to participate in Union activities .And now Kisoro Nurses have to attend a course on shops steward.

Members of the Nurses Union are on the minis trial advisory committee on salary enhancement and the General Secretary made a presentation to His Excellency on the shortage of Nurses,the power working environment and other problems affecting Nurses in the country.

Several representation have been made by the General Secretary on local radios,ILO press conferences, TVs about the state of Uganda Nurses mainly at the work places.

FUTURE PLANS
The National Trade Organization is preparing a special program for the union movement. And fellow Nurses from Canada are expected to meet the Uganda nurses in October.
(ILO) international labour organization has requested the ministry of labour to make Uganda nurses have a strong union.

Conclusion:
Dear sisters and brothers:  There is a need for making our union strong before our sisters and brothers come to Uganda.

Uganda nurses register with the union by subscribing 1% percent of their salary Code 98.

  1. Nurses need to make collective agreements on remuneration and working conditions, which is important to make nurses appreciate their work.
  2. There is a need to separate the address of the nurses union from the nurses association, get accommodation with in Kampal a for easy reach and to re-visit the constitution and elect new executive members.
  3.  Nurses should acknowledge the efforts and solidarity which has been made to make the banner of the union being waved in Uganda and internationally
  4. In Uganda nurses need to enjoy conditions at least equivalent to those of other workers in the world which include hours of work, regulations, compensation of over time, inconvenient hours and shift work

Last but not least:  we pray for the (G.S) General Secretary  who is pushing the union to be affiliated in the public service international and presently with the east African Union as Uganda is going back in the East African Community.

SOLIDALITY, TOGETHER WE STAND,

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P. O. Box 878 Kampala – Uganda
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Email:        unmu2009@yahoo.com
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