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EPRC to study Labor Market Institutions Amid decent Work Deficit

Commenting about this, Aggrey David Kibenge, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development said discussions for introducing the minimum wage are underway in cabinet. Kibenge noted that while there is advocacy for decent work, there is need to first create jobs locally as decent work is premised on four pillars including job creation, workers’ rights, social dialogue and social protection.

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The Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) has embarked on a three year study to assess whether labor-related -laws are positively impact Ugandans.

Dr Madina Guloba, a Senior Research fellow at the policy think tank told URN that while Uganda has many institutions, laws and international affiliations that make it appear like they are advocating for workers’ rights and productive employment, their contribution to productivity and decent work is largely not felt. 

She says while there are workers’ unions like the National Organisation of Trade Unions, they currently focus on a few workers or professions leaving out those that are more vulnerable and in need of more help. 

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  According to her, labor market policies in Uganda currently are a sham and the little efforts seen to formalize and sanitize the market are largely intentioned at increasing the tax base and not necessarily guaranteeing decent work. 

She says this explains why conditions of work are dwindling across both formal and informal workers with many employers opting for casualization of labor to escape contracts and perks that come with them. 

Results of the latest 2024 Global Rights Index for workers, Uganda was ranked 105 out of the 151 countries surveyed worldwide. EPRC researchers say this can only get worse if nothing is done about it especially that the country has struggled to introduce basic regulations such as the minimum wage.

Commenting about this, Aggrey David Kibenge, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development said discussions for introducing the minimum wage are underway in cabinet.

Kibenge noted that while there is advocacy for decent work, there is need to first create jobs locally as decent work is premised on four pillars including job creation, workers’ rights, social dialogue and social protection.

He revealed that currently while his Ministry is in charge of regulating labor externalization, they are not fully aware of the numbers of Ugandans working abroad as some tend to use risky and improper routes to find jobs due to scarcity in country.

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  Only 25,000 people are cleared by his ministry to work in the United Arab Emirates but he says other data shows there are over a hundred thousand Ugandans working there and that it’s worse for Saudi Arabia where over 140,000 exited but those cleared by the ministry are barely 100,000.

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