Opposition Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) will hold parallel celebrations to mark the 2018 Labor Day.
Uganda tomorrow May 1st will join the rest of the World to celebrate the International Labour held at Ssembabule Town Council Play Grounds, Ssembabule District under the theme “Promoting Public Spirit in public Sector.”
But the opposition party Spokesperson, Paul Mwiru, flanked by the party Secretary for Labor, Habib Buwembo told reporters today that the FDC finds no value in government celebrating Labor Day with the prevailing labor challenges in the country.
“The NRM in their manifesto promised to come up with a minimum wage law. As a country there is nothing to celebrate tomorrow because the government has negated on its promise,” Mwiru said.
“To us, government celebration of the Labor Day tomorrow is not about the work force but government officials signing allowances, whereas FDC as a party we think about workers who have been exploited.”
He noted that the Labor Day celebration would make sense if the minimum wage law — which was brought by way of a private member’s bill and is still lying in the committee of Parliament, — was passed into law.
He thus revealed that the party will hold its Labor Day celebrations in which they will be unveiling the alternative labor policy that is supportive to the Ugandan economy.
The FDC Secretary for Labour said the party’s celebrations shall be held in Njeru Municipality and will be used to highlight a number of labor challenges in Uganda as well as offering solutions.
“Labour under the current regime is characterized by; harassment of laborers on duty, no appointment letters, no contracts as well as the modern day slavery of exported labor and intimidation of civil servants,” Buwembo said.
He revealed that the Njeru function will be presided over “by the leadership of the Peoples’ Government under the presidency of Dr. Kiiza Besigye” who shall be joined by the party officials, sister political party officials and officials from the Labour Movement.