NOTU's Wilson Owere in 2021 Workers' Parliamentary race
By Phillip Corry
The shell of silence that the National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) Chairman General, Usher Wilson Owere had built, has finally cracked. Mr Owere will contest as Workers’ Member of Parliament (MP) in 2021 General Elections. He has promised to run the strongest campaign the electorate has never seen for a long time in recent years.
Declaring officially his candidature among Workers Union members Mr Owere lashed out at legislators who go to parliament but fail to articulate issues of their voters. “A new dawn is here. Workers are tired of sending representatives who do not represent their views. The lion will now take control of the jungle and serve voters,” he said. Mr Owere told the Workers Eye that he stands for descent work for all workers in Uganda and will advocate for Minimum Wage to be enacted in the country.
I have consulted workers and am offering myself to contest for Member of Parliament for workers come 2021 general elections so as to defend their rights. “Am passionate about workers’ rights and ready to defend them in parliament . I have the ability to give workers sound and realistic representation and not just empty rhetoric,” he said. The down to earth trade unionist, caused a stir on March 3, 2020 when he launched his colourful 2021 Parliamentary bid with personalized posters, flyers, t-shirts, caps and calendars.
Owere’s surprise announcement has sparked debate and interest especially among the entire labour unions with workers both in the Union and non-Unionised members. Political observers said Mr Owere’s candidature has added impetus in the race. complicated matters for incumbents as game changer. “ I shall ride on my positive track records of advocating for workers rights at national and international levels, ”he said. The fearless workers’ rights activist and suave politician said he is taking the battle of workers right to parliament to make proper policies to defend and secure the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) workers money. Under the slogan ‘Bikwase Owere - The Workers Defender,’ Mr Usher Wilson Owere has pledged to tackle failed state of workers' policies and handle challenges Ugandans face like unemployment, low salaries and non-payment of workers.
He said : “ I plan to legislate on policies that impact directly on workers and implement the Health Insurance scheme”. Mr Owere also said he plans to defend the rights of migrant workers and advocate for their better wages and salaries abroad. NOTU recently issued warnings to employers against unfair termination of workers especially during COVID-19 lockdown period without a common understanding with their workers.
“This is the most difficult time where employers must stand with their workers than cutting their pay or terminating services,” he said. Mr Wilson Owere will face the five incumbent Workers’ MPs Hon Charles Bakkabulindi, Hon. Margaret Rwabushaija, Hon. Sam Lyomoki, Hon. Arinaitwe Rwakajara and Female Workers MP Hon Agnes Kunihira■