The Ministry of labor, gender and social welfare Plans to set up a new minimum wage board to consider and submit wage proposals to the Ministry.
The board will among others be responsible for fixing of the minimum wage for workers in any occupation or class or grade of occupation.
The board stems from increasing concerns about labour exploitation especially in the private sector which is fueled by lack of a minimum wage.
The minimum wage was last set at 6,000 shillings in 1984. in 1998, the minimum wages advisory board which was set up by the ministry of labor recommended a minimum wage of 58, 000 shillings.
But Mwesigwa Rukutana, the state minister for labor, says the recommendations made in 1998 have been overtaken by several financial changes.
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Under, the minimum wages advisory boards and wages councils act, the minimum wage board has the power to determine the minimum wages to be paid per hour, day month or year.
It also determines the amount to be paid for overtime work, minimum holidays allowed employees and employers and subject wages to periodical increment.
The Labour ministry plans to present the employment policy before cabinet for approval. The employment policy will among others seek to regulate the way som foreignors are intergrated into Uganda's employment sector.
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