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Industrial Court Faces Further Delay as Unionists Disagree

However, Trade Unions want the law amended to remove a clause requiring that two judges must be available for the court to be fully constituted.
17 Nov 2014 12:23
NOTU Chairman , Wilson Owere and Uganda Human Rights Commision Chairperson Meddie Kagwwa .

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The newly constituted Industrial court may take a little longer to operate following petition by trade unionists to parliament to amend the law on labor disputes.

The court which has not been operational for over ten year was set to begin hearing disputes after it was fully constituted early this month.  It is chaired by Justice, Asaph Ntengye Ruhinda who is deputized by Justice Lydia Tumusiime.

It has other members who are necessarily not lawyers but represent employees, employers, independents and National organization of Trade Unions in Uganda.

However, Trade Unions want the law amended to remove a clause requiring that two judges must be available for the court to be fully constituted.

 

Wilson Usher Owere, the Chairperson National organization of Trade Unions in Uganda-NOTU says the requirement for two judges would stall court proceedings in case one of the judges is not available. 

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The Industrial Court was established under the Trade Disputes (Arbitration & Settlement) Act, 1964 and section 7 of the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act, 2006. The court was established to settle unresolved disputes between employers and trade unions over terms and conditions of employment.


Non-operationalization of the Industrial court is one of the factors that have limited the enjoyment of workers' rights according to a report launched by Uganda Human Rights Commission last week.

Meddie Kagwa, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commissioner asked government to work towards resolving the outstanding technicalities so that court commences it work.

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The industrial court's major role is to arbitrate on labor disputes by aggrieved parties whose complaints have not been settled by either/ or District Labor Officers and the Commissioner for Labor.

The Court has the same status as a High Court and its administrative head is the Registrar of Courts

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