WHY WE SHOULD STOP PRECARIOUS WORK
What Is Precarious Work?
Precarious work is a non-standard employment that is poorly paid, insecure, unprotected and cannot support a household. It comprises of the following conditions;
Lack of job security
Employees have no say on their working conditions
Employees are usually hired on casual terms.
What are the main factors behind precarious work?
There are several factors but the main ones are:
The infamous economic global crisis
Poverty among communities and societies
Employers look for cheap labour
New technological changes that has left many workers redundant.
Disadvantages of precarious work
No job security
Long hours of work
No appointment letter/contract
A worker is dismissed at will
A worker is not represented by the union
No fair hearing from workers
No social security, like no retirement benefits. They do not subscribe to NSSF
Workers don’t contribute to national development – they don’t pay tax (PAYE)
A precarious worker will never commit himself/herself to the company (no loyalty) as his/her work is from hand to mouth.
Benefits of stopping precarious work
If we fight to end precarious work, the following benefits will be realized:
Creation of decent work for all
Creation f paramount jobs and ensures job security
Developing a well-disciplined workforce
Better living wage and work standards
Improved economic growth
Respect for working hours and fair hearing
Respect for social protection
Ensure that all workers pay taxes to the government in order to build a better economy and foster national development.
Respect on the right to organize by trade unions and representation of workers
Promotion of social dialogue and collective bargaining agreements (CBAs).
About the Author
Ms Catherine Aneno is Africa Coordinator for Industrial All and former General Secretary Uganda Textiles, Leather, Garment and Allied Workers Union