Oluga said the doctors have concluded a return-to-work
formula between them and government, bringing to an end the
strike by the medics that has paralyzed the health services for
more than three months.
"It has been one of the most difficult industrial relations
in the country.
"I want to announce here that the doctors union has finally
put to an end the strike," he declared at a joint news
conference with government officials and religious leaders who
brokered the deal.
The doctors have also been demanding improved working
conditions at the public hospitals, where some 5,000 members are
The doctors say the industrial action was occasioned by three
year industrial dispute concerning the disputed CBA signed on
June 27, 2013 and effective July 1, 2013 but the government
disowned it, saying the government officials who signed it did
so illegally after their tenure in government ended.
Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu lauded the doctors
union for calling off the strike, terming it regrettable.
"I am glad that the strike has ended but I must say that it
was a regrettable situation that will go to the black books of
history," Mailu said.
The Tuesday deal whose details were not disclosed followed
intense negotiations brokered by religious leaders who brought
together representatives from the Attorney General’s office,
Health Ministry and the Council of Governors.
During the negotiations, the doctors accused the government
side of failing to show any good will in the negotiation process
but instead threatening them with law suits.
A deal with the government was signed in 2013, but the
government disowned the agreement saying the government
officials who signed it did so illegally after their tenure in
The standoff between the doctors and the government has
pushed thousands of low income patients to the edge, and with no
cash to visit to high cost private facilities, distressed
families have flocked ill-equipped clinics found in residential