By Jumah Nsubuga
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says, setting a minimum wage will greatly help workers in Uganda, especially those employed by foreign investors.
Ms Kadaga made the remark while officiating the launch of the Forum for Social Protection which aims at promoting the rights of elder persons in Uganda where she questioned the criteria used to select the districts which are going to benefit first in this program.
She says that in other countries like Egypt and Malaysia it is in their law that investors employ locals but in Uganda investors mistreats locals.
“I wonder when this country will have a law on minimum wage to help and fight for the rights of workers. Investors here employ come with their people and pay them in dollars but the locals are paid in Uganda shillings. Am with a view that all foreign investors should prioritize locals” The speaker noted
Meanwhile State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana, said that; “We need to put in place an advisory board to oversee whether minimum wage is needed by workers in Uganda before parliament makes it a law”.
Recently workers MP Alinaitwe Rwakajara expressed dissatisfaction to the minister of finance Maria Kiwanuka for refusing to give a certificate of financial implications to allow him tabling a minimum wage bill before parliament for the first reading.