By Ahura Mujuni Mark
The Government has announced that it is going to form a Minimum Wage Board to help in fixing the minimum wage Uganda. This was revealed by the State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukuntana on Wednesday this week at a training workshop for domestic workers’ recruitment agents at Emerald Hotel in Kampala..
Minister Rukuntana lamented that the rights and freedoms of domestic workers in Uganda have always been violated by their employers yet with little legal help.He added the most private companies exploited with little salary with no where to run to.
Rukuntana said the National Resistance Movement Government would have already fixed a minimum wage but had a chain of reservations then.
“We never wanted to jump into fixing the minimum wage and scare away investors and the already existing jobs,” he noted.
“If you fix a minimum wage and there are no jobs, then you have a law that will remain on paper because the employers and employees will reject it.”
The Minister also revealed that the Government is in the process of ratifying the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the standards of domestic workers.