EMPLOYEES of two textile companies have signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with their employers to improve their working conditions and benefits. Yuichi Kashiwada of Phenix Logistics and Velupillai Kananathan of the defunct Apparel Tri-Star signed the agreement on behalf of the manufacturers, while Catherine Aneno signed on behalf of the workers.
Kashiwada said the agreement would lead to mutual respect between the two parties and consequently increased productivity. He asked the Government to draft new policies for the industry in order to attract more foreign investors.
Aneno said the textile workers would continue lobbying for better standards through dialogue and negotiations.
â€œWe are also going to draft the workersâ€™ code of conduct which will lead to a good industrial relationship between employers and their employees,â€ she said.
Workersâ€™ Members of Parliament Sam Lyomoki and Mariam Ntunde and the Federation of Uganda Employers executive director, Rosemary Ssenabulya, witnessed the signing ceremony that took place at Phenix Logisticsâ€™ premises in Bugolobi, Kampala, recently.
Lyomoki said the signing of the agreement was a new chapter in development. He urged the workers to gradually and patiently ask for more of their rights for the good of all the others and the country in general.
Textile workers sign pact