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Workers’ statute under review

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th November 2002 03:00 AM

Government is carrying out a review of the Workman’s Compensation Act to come out with a mutually agreed position on compensation to employees who die when on duty

Government is carrying out a review of the Workman’s Compensation Act to come out with a mutually agreed position on compensation to employees who die when on duty

By David Muwanga

Government is carrying out a review of the Workman’s Compensation Act to come out with a mutually agreed position on compensation to employees who die when on duty.

Ironically the Act had been passed by the sixth Parliament, but now the position that must be agreed upon is between Government, employers and employees.

Minister of state for labour and industrial relations Henry Obbo, said last week, other laws that are being reviewed include the Factories Act of 1964, the Trade Union Decree Number 20 of 1976, the Trade and Arbitration Act and the Employment Decree number 4 of 1976.

He said that the review of the Workmen’s Compensation Act has been caused by an outcry from both Government and the employers.

“The problem is on the scale of compensation, to the employees, the scale is okay, but to the employers it is considered high while on the side of Government it’s a little hurting.”

“To government it is hurting, because it discourages investment. When it is too high investors will divert to other countries, while employers are saying that it will drive them out of business especially when many employees die on the job and are to be compensated.’ He told The New Vision.

Workers’ statute under review

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