Business
Workers have a right to unionise
Publish Date: Apr 22, 2014
Workers have a right to unionise
Union delegates at a recent meeting
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Samuel Sanya

There are close to 40 registered labour and trade unions in Uganda, but few, if any can successfully
hold an annual general meeting due to dismal membership.

Only a handful of labour unions have been able to replicate the success of the Uganda National Teachers Union and the Government has blamed the trend on employers that restrict their employees.

Mugalu Kamya, the commissioner for labour, industrial relations and labour productivity in the labour ministry says labour unions should be encouraged as this will in turn work to improve working conditions around the country.

Article 29 (1) of the 1995 constitution of the Republic of Uganda says ‘Every person shall have the right to freedom of association including trade (labour) unions.” “Employees should be left to enjoy their rights.

However, they should remember that the rights should be exercised in their absolute form all the time,” Kamya told the Federation of Uganda Employers Annual General Meeting in Kiwanga, Mukono.

Kamya was representing the labour minister Mary Karoro Okurut. He noted that employers should provide safe working environments and protective clothing for workers in risky environments.

Rosemary Ssenabulya, the FUE executive director, noted that the annual Employer of the Year survey results will be released on May 8 under the theme; employee engagement as an organisation performance driver

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
More work still needed on Tororo-Pakwach railway line
Rift Valley Railways (RVR), the firm that has rail services concessionaire in Uganda and Kenya, says more work needs to be done for the Tororo-Pakwach railway to be fully operational....
Bunyoro advised to grow more coffee
Bunyoro Kitara Diocese Bishop, Nathan Kyamanywa has urged people in the sub-region to grow more coffee if they are to improve their household incomes and live better lives....
CEOs to parliament: Stop politicking and address country’s economic concerns
Chief executives of leading industries have called for a structured engagement with government especially parliament to ensure the legislature focuses on the country’s economic needs....
Museveni launches construction of Soroti fruit factory
CONSTRUCTION of a multibillion fruit processing factory based in Soroti district has been launched by President Museveni with emphasis to grow more fruits...
Finance regrets lack of support to innovators
Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka has regretted that young innovators have been left to fend for themselves many times lacking the opportunity to interface with venture capitalists and possible financiers for their brilliant ideas....
Museveni to launch Soroti Fruit Processing Factory
President Yoweri Museveni will today launch the proposed fruit-processing factory in the Eastern region, which Government expects to boost employment figures and also create a viable market for the fruits, especially mangoes and oranges of Teso farmers....
Should bride price be made optional?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter