The legal protection of causal workers in regard to enforcement of employment rights in Uganda: a case study of Kampala district.

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Kampala International University,School of Law
The study looked at the legal laws regulating the protection of causal workers/ the study objectives were theatrical review governing causal workers' rights/ the legal laws protecting casual workers and efficacy of legal and institutional mechanisms in protection of workers' rights. The study findings were/ no complaints of sexual harassment were reported despite workers living within the same camp as well as the big ratio of men to women. grounds of her pregnancy as being a reasonable ground for dismissal. To avert sexual harassment complaints/ some companies had a non-fraternization policy for staff. Much as no reports on sexual harassment were obtained by the Commission during investigations/ press reports had indicated that female workers were being forced to •have sex with their bosses as a way of getting money to support their families. It was noted that complaints of sexual harassment of female staff were few though there were no indications of any action that had been taken by some of the management to stamp out the practice. The study concludes that casual workforce faces myriad challenges. They are not sufficiently protected by current labor laws/ and although court rulings have helped those who bring suit the rest of the casual workforce is faced with worse conditions as corporations try to sneak through increasingly smaller loopholes. As workforce becomes more and more dependent on employee benefits packages/ the issue of casual worker protections will continue to gain prominence and importance. The study recommends that Government should embark on the sensitization and training of workers on labour laws and their rights as workers. With this awareness/ as rights' holders/ they would be in a better position to know when their rights are being violated and what rights to claim. There is a need for government to set a minimum wage for workers in accordance with the type of work done and level of qualifications of the worker. This will help curb the exploitation oppression and underpayment of workers. Determination of minimum wage should also take into consideration the inflation and costs of living.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws Degree, Kampala International University Kampala, School of Law.
legal protection, Casual workers, employment rights, Uganda