Workers unions advocating for changes in the running of the National Social Security Fund have not yet submitted nominations for people to fill the five vacant slots on the fund's board.
The National Organization of Trade Unions and the Confederation of Free Trade Unions requested the Minister of Finance for seats on the NSSF board. In the request made a fortnight ago, the trade unions said a presence on the board would enable workers to monitor activities of the fund more closely.
However speaking to a news conference in Kampala today, Ezra Suruma, the Finance Minister, said no names of the proposed new board members have been forwarded to him.
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Previously trade unions were only entitled to one post in the nine-member board. The Finance Minister agreed to increase these posts after the workers threatened countrywide industrial action.
Christopher Kahirita, chairperson of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions, says the workers have established a committee to search for credible people to fill the NSSF board positions. He says they have taken their time in order to avoid any mistakes.
Last year the nominee of the workers unions, Denis Nkoojo, was rejected on allegations of corruption made against him by the Inspector General of Government.