UWOPA Meets Platform for Labour Action

UWOPA Meets Platform for Labour Action on the Employment Act

UWOPA held a breakfast meeting 20thFebruary 2019 with Platform for Labour Action on the Employment Act to take Members of the Round table on Employment Act and Economic Empowerment through the draft bill clause by clause. Members of Parliament were able to appreciate the importance of the Bill in protecting domestic workers. The bill seeks to provide for domestic workers who are not counted for in employment cycle, severance pay, provision of breast feeding centres and maternity leave. 

Members of Parliament paying attention to Ms. Bwiite during a presentation on the Employment Act

Members of Parliament paying attention to Ms. Bwiite during a presentation on the Employment Act

Members suggested that there was need to address the gaps in the bill as soon as possible and advised that there was no need to over amend the Employment Bill. They also pointed out that there was need to set stronger regulatory frameworks in the bill to ensure that employers put in place strategies to protect workers and are supervised. 

Members also emphasized the need to ensure that the law catches up with recruitment agency in case of irregularities instead of countries where girls are taken to do domestic work. Hon. Mbwatekamwa pointed out that by extending maternity leave many women will be rendered unemployed as employees will fear employing women who go on leave for several months. 

In addition, members pointed out the issue of girls get sick when employed abroad and are thrown out of homes and left minus any kind of medical attention rendered to them. There was also need to ensure that the bill provides for foreign investors who come to work in Uganda and end up impregnating young girls denying and abandoning them as the travel back to their home countries.