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Govt' Should Enact Laws To Stop Abuse Of Workers Rights - DP :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Govt' Should Enact Laws To Stop Abuse Of Workers Rights - DP

Mathias Nsubuga, the partys Secretary General says rights of many Ugandans have been abused within the country and outside by companies without getting redress because there are no laws in place to punish such employers or even to stop them from recruiting Ugandans to work in overseas
DP Secretary General, Mathias Nsubuga
The Democratic Party (DP) has asked government to enact favorable laws that can protect rights of workers in order to reduce the escalating cases of abuse by employers in their working places.

In an interview with URN on Saturday night, Mathias Nsubuga, the party's Secretary General says rights of many Ugandans have been abused within the country and outside by companies without getting redress because there are no laws in place to punish such employers or even to stop them from recruiting Ugandans to work in overseas.

He says the most critical legislation needed at the moment is the one on minimum wage which the country doesn't have making both local and foreign companies that employ Ugandans to exploit them as they pay them peanuts at the end of working day or month that he says is wrong.

Nsubuga says much as in Uganda, a person is expected to work for at least eight hours a day, in many private companies this is not the case as employees are some times subjected to work for 24 hours without compensation that he says can be addressed if such legislations are in place.

He asked workers to put pressure on their MPs so that they can push on government to revive unions so that workers in such unions can demand for their rights jointly if enacting enabling laws are becoming difficult.

Uganda today joins the World in commemoration of the International Labour day that is marked on every May 01st. The theme for this year's celebration is, “strengthening Uganda's Competitiveness for Sustainable Job Creation and Inclusive Growth."

But the state minister for Labour in the ministry of gender, labour and social development Mwesigwa Rukutana says the problem of employers exploiting workers is not because there are no laws to protect the rights of the workers.

According to him, the rights of many workers in Uganda are being abused because they don't know their rights much as a number of laws in the constitution that protect them. He cited some of the examples of abuses such as failure by employers to give the workers contracts, failure to pay them in time and sexual abuse that he says are well protected by the constitution.

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