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OPINION: Why I cannot wish you a happy Labour/Workers’ Day

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Moses Mulondo is the President of Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (PHOTO/File).

Dear my brothers and sisters of the fourth estate;

Am sorry I cannot wish you a happy labour day, when most journalists in Uganda are extremely paid poorly and both media managers and govt/policy makers are yet to be committed to finding a solution.

I cannot wish you a happy workers’ day, when President Yoweri Museveni has ignored the outcry of NSSF members who want him to sign the NSSF Bill so that they can get a portion of their savings through midterm access to improve their economic welfare.

I cannot wish you a happy workers’ day when we are yet to have a country in which jobs and promotions in government entities are acquired on merit.

I cannot wish you a happy labour day when our country has no minimum wage and so many workers are exploited in various ways including underpayment and working for long hours beyond the ILO standard of 8 hours in a day without being paid overtime allowances.

My only wish and prayer is for this year’s labour day to awaken our top national leaders to get committed to addressing the concerns and aspirations of Uganda workers. He is a God of justice.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.

Moses Mulondo
President of Uganda Parliamentary Press Association.

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