Workers MP Hon Charles Bakkabulindi addressing trade union leaders

Hon Bakkabulindi calls for transformational leadership

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Workers Member of Parliament Hon Charles Bakkabulindi has called on trade union leaders to aspire for transformation in the Labour Movement as opposed to transactional officials. He said a trade union is built on five pillars, Independence, permanent organisations, voluntarism, Continuity and democracy, and that a good leader is the one who will make use of the structures to protect the social economic interests of the members.
“A good leader makes use of the trade union pillars to advance and protect the social economic interests of the members,” he said. Hon Bakkabulindi, the immediate former Sports State Minister, said he has been part and parcel of a long term trade union development program to identify, mentor and groom leaders.
Hon Charles Bakkabulindi was speaking at a Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Union leaders which he organized in conjunction with the Institute of Parliamentary Studies on February 26, 2020 at Kampala Hotel Africana. He said trade union leaders should work towards fostering unity, building capacity, effecting and promoting a positive change in the administration of the labour movement in the country.
Workers Member of Parliament Hon Margaret Namubiru called on the trade union leaders to exhibit exemplary qualities in their positions and to desist from acts that derail well – intentional development programmes. “Trade Union leaders should exhibit exemplary qualities in their positions and to desist from acts that derail well – intentional development programmes,” She said.
Speaking on the Minimum Wage Bill which President Museveni refused to sign citing critical gaps in the law, Workers Member of Parliament Hon Sam Lyomoki said the whole matter was politicized. He said although there is still chance for Parliament to retable the bill and send it back to the President twice for consideration, the whole bill in its current form can never give workers a Minimum wage.
But Workers Member of Parliament Hon Arinaitwe Rwakajara said there must have been predetermined position by the Gender, Labour and Social Development Ministry to sabotage efforts by workers to have a minimum wage in place. He said:” I did everything that was required under a Private Members bill to table what I considered was the most critical and long awaited legislation for workers.”
National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) Chairman General Mr Usher Wilson Owere said all is not lost and as trade unionists they would continue to lobby and to talk to his Excellency President Yoweri Museveni. He said:" We know his Excellency supports workers' interests but was just misinformed on matters pertaining to a minimum wage,” he said.
Female Workers Member of Parliament Hon Agnes Kunihira called on trade union leaders to work together and ensure all bills that safe guard workers’ rights are enacted into law. “Let trade union leaders work together and ensure all bills that safe guard workers’ rights are enacted into law,” she said.
Veteran trade unionist Bro. David Nkojjo took the workers through Advocacy for the trade union movement in Uganda, opportunities and challenges, while Sr Victoria Kakooza Nanteza discussed communication skills in recruitment. Consultant cum trainer Mr Henry Casacca discussed opportunities and strategies for recruitment, and organizing. while Dr James Magara tackled leadership skills and trade unions engagement in development■