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Tuesday,November 13,2018 19:15 PM

NOTU to engage in export of labour

By Cecilia Okoth

Added 11th September 2018 11:16 AM

Peter Christopher Werikhe, the NOTU spokesperson said NOTU’s relationship with trade unions across the globe will enable those interested in working out of the country, go through proper channels and thus ensuring their security and safety.

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Walugambire and Adikinyi speaking to the media about the hard conditions they had to endure while working abroad. The press conference was organised by NOTU’s chairperson Wilson Owere (right). Photo by Wilfred Sanya

Peter Christopher Werikhe, the NOTU spokesperson said NOTU’s relationship with trade unions across the globe will enable those interested in working out of the country, go through proper channels and thus ensuring their security and safety.

KAMPALA- The National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) wants to champion recruitment of persons seeking to work abroad.  

Peter Christopher Werikhe, the NOTU spokesperson said NOTU’s relationship with trade unions across the globe will enable those interested in working out of the country, go through proper channels and thus ensuring their security and safety.

However, he said the above is not the case with existing employment firms that have registered with Government under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social development.

“These people continue extorting lots of money from people and are not getting them the jobs. Others have fallen victim of agents who promise lucrative jobs, only to be taken for slavery,” Werikhe said.

He said NOTU Being the organisation that champions the cause of workers by promoting and defending workers interests, will ensure that workers get good guidelines of what to expect when working abroad, proper salary packages and their welfare taken care of.

“We shall also share details of countries where you should and should not seek to work in and where to go in case you are faced with challenges during work,” he said.

Werikhe made the above remarks at a press briefing at their office along Ntinda-Kiwatule road, on Monday.

When contacted, Pius Bigirimana, the gender ministry’s permanent secretary welcomed NOTU’s move to engage in formal recruitments of persons seeking to work abroad.

“We do not stop anybody from engaging in export of labour. They (NOTU) too however will have to first apply for a license and comply with the conditions set before embarking on recruitment and registration,” Bigirimana said.

 At the same event, two women who had been rescued from Oman by NOTU gave testimonies about their plight.

Teddy Adikini, 29, a resident of Entebbe said she worked for four months without pay. Whereas the family she was working for resorted to eating out, a cup of tea was her day’s meal.   

Hasifa Walugambire, 29, and a resident of Jinja district said she spent three months in Oman working as a house maid. She said she was sold for sh56million and was locked in the house and was only permitted to leave the house when throwing rubbish.

She said the workload injured her caesarian wound but her bosses were not bothered and continued subjecting her to heavy workload.

Usher Owere, the NOTU chairperson said Oman was one of the countries in the Middle East that Government was yet to sign an agreement with on the export of labour.

He said those that are taken to Oman are subjected to slavery, adding that the agents who often use pseudo names have since resorted to transporting their victims through Kenya.

“The people smuggling these women and girls are very tactful, because some of the passports we have seen do not have exit stamps, and only bear Oman stamps,” he said.

 

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