Hillary Taremwa, the head of the labour externalization unit at the ministry of gender has said they are working towards improving the rights of Ugandan Migrant workers.
Taremwa said this because of the issues that have recently been raised regarding Ugandans that are working in the Middle East Countries. Most of them had come out to say that government has neglected them.
However, Taremwa says they are not sleeping on this issue in any way
“The issue of migrant workers rights is an issue of concern to the Ministry. We are not sleeping about this issue. All our efforts are geared towards improving the rights of Ugandan migrant workers.”
Taremwa says Ministry Of Internal Affairs always clears workers who go abroad. This though means this is only done for those who go under licensed companies. So when it comes to following up, only those that go with legalised companies are protected.
“Ministry Of Internal Affairs clears all migrant workers who intend to go abroad to work and also monitors the migrant workers in the different destination countries. In 2005, the government, through the Ministry, initiated the labour externalisation program, under this program, the Ministry licenses recruitment agencies. It also regulates and supervises those agencies.”
This means there should be equal efforts among companies, workers and government. Workers should endeavor to go under registered companies where government can regulate them from.
Otherwise, regulation is going as difficult as it has been. On the other hand government should hunt down companies that are not registered and close them immediately.
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