NSSF rallies labour officers to support it’s compliance agenda
The Minister of Gender, Labour and social development, Betty Amongi has lauded the NSSF for its willingness to collaborate with her Ministry using an existing network to improve compliance, as a major component of the expansion of social security coverage.
Speaking as the chief guest during the one day training workshop for local government leaders and labour inspectors on NSSF compliance in western region at Lake view hotel Mbarara, Minister Amongi said that employer compliance with the NSSF Act has become a key area of emphasis, following this partnership with the NSS Fund.
Some of the Labour Inspectors attending the compliance workshop (Photo – NSSF)
She added that the Labour Inspectors will carry out inspections on-the-spot to find out which employers are not complying with the NSSF Act and support the Fund to map out the landscape of workers in Uganda and share this information with NSSF.
Minister of Gender, Betty Amongi addressing the labour inspectors during the workshop. (Photo- NSSF)
“We get cases of workers who are treated unfairly by their employers, the biggest responsibility of protecting workers’ rights lies with you the government representatives in your areas of jurisdiction,” Amongi told labour inspectors.
In his remarks, Patrick Michael Ayota, the newly appointed NSSF Managing Director appealed to every Ugandan who earns an income to increase the capacity to save through strategic partnerships, saving, and investing, a way of life for our most vulnerable populations.
The NSSF Act, as amended, now requires every employer, irrespective of the number of workers they employ, to pay social security contributions for all their employees.
The training was attended by labour inspectors from Buhweju, Bushenyi, Ibanda, Isingiro, Kazo, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Mitooma, Ntungamo, Rubirizi, Rwampara, Sheema, Buliisa, Hoima, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Kibaale, Kikuube, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro, Rubanda, Rukiga, Rukungiri, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese, Kitagwenda, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo and Ntoroko districts.