ILO Chief Commends Uganda on Labour Reforms

The ILO Director General, Guy Ryder (C) shakes hands with Minister Muruli Mukasa and Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana at the conference in Geneva Switzerland

The Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), web Guy Ryder, has commended the Uganda Government for instituting a number of reforms geared towards boosting the Decent Work Agenda.

Ryder noted that the reforms, which have been implemented within a short period of time, are a dynamic tool for promoting social justice and inclusive growth.

He made the remarks Tuesday May 31, 2016 while meeting the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Wilson Muruli Mukasa and the Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana, at the ongoing 105th   International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

The minister revealed that among the several reforms, the government had re-constituted and operationalized the Industrial Court, which has since handled several cases; appointed the Minimum Wages Advisory Board; and appointed a new Labour Advisory Board.

Others are; rolling out of the Green Jobs and Fair Market Programme; domestication of ILO conventions; registration of work places under the Occupational Safety and Health Act; Implementation of the National Employment Policy; development of the National Programme of Action  on Employment; the development of the Youth Employment Plan; and development of the National Social Security Policy for Uganda.

The minister reiterated Uganda’s commitment to employment intensive growth, promotion of green jobs, Labour productivity and protection of workers’ rights.

Ryder commended the Government of Uganda for its great vision and leadership.

He stated that ILO will continue offering technical assistance through the Decent Work Country Programme.

The ILO member states meet every year in June at the International Labour Conference to among other tasks; raft and adopt international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations, supervise the application of Conventions and Recommendations at the national level; and examine the Global Report prepared by the Office under the follow-up procedure required by the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998).


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