Analysis of the effectiveness of the legal framework on the protection and enforcement of work rights in Uganda.

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Kampala International University,School of Law
The main objective of this study was to provide an analysis of the effectiveness of the legal framework on the protection and enforcement of work rights in Uganda. The study found out that numerous labour laws were enacted by parliament in the year 2006 to act as guidelines to both the employers and the employees in the protection and observance of employees' rights in Uganda. These laws included the Employment Act of 2006, the labour Unions Act of 2006, the occupational health and safety Act of 2006 and the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act 2006 which established the industrial court that is vital in adjudicating disputes among people with employement contracts. The Researcher employed a doctrinal methodology of research to find out that workers' rights are protected through various laws in Uganda and that these laws are a reflection of the international laws on labour rights, the research foundout that Uganda has ratified conventions and treaties protecting labour rights internationally as discussed in chapter two of this paper. Despite the legal protection of the rights, enforcement of the workers' rights is still a problem to Ugandans. The findings show that employee's rights are violated mostly by their employers and this has been attributed to ignorance of their rights as workers and the overwhelming unemployment in the country where workers condone ill treatment by their employers for fear to lose their jobs and go unemployed. This paper analyzed the conditions of work among employees in their work places and came up with recommendations that if adopted would improve on enforcement and protection of employees' rights in Uganda.
A research report submitted to the School of Law in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of Bachelor of Laws Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda
legal framework, protection, work rights, Uganda