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TRADE UNION MATTERS

Monday 1st October 2012

The
following were negotiated between Uganda
Tea Association and the workers Union (National Union of Plantation
and Agricultural Workers Uganda
(NUPAWU)

i)  The Agreement of Terms and Conditions of
Service
:

This was concluded
and signed during the Month of May 2012. 
This is a two years agreement beginning on the day of signing.

ii) The Salaries and Wages Negotiations

This was
concluded and signed during the month of June 2012.

At
the end of the negotiation the following was a Press release:

PRESS
RELEASE

Uganda Tea
Association 
[UTA] 

AND 

National Union of Plantation
& Agricultural Workers - Uganda 
[NUPAWU]

 

Uganda
Tea Association (UTA) and National Union of Plantation and Agricultural Workers
–Uganda
(NUPAWU) are pleased to announce the signing of the 2012/2013 Salary/Wages
increase for the Ugandan tea industry workers. The Agreement was signed at the
Golf Course Hotel on Wednesday, 20th June, 2012 by the Executive
Secretary of the Uganda Tea Association, Mr. George Ssekitoleko and the General
Secretary, Hon. Bruno Pajobo, representing the National Union of Plantation and
Agricultural Workers (Uganda).

Uganda Tea Association is a voluntary
Organization formed by the tea growers, manufacturers, exporters and packers in
Uganda.
National Union of Plantation and Agricultural Workers is a sole Trade Union
organization representing Workers in the Tea Industry and affiliated to the
National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU).

The negotiation and subsequent
increase was based on the principle of the Enterprise Level Bargaining
Agreement (ELBA) to examine the productivity and pricing of tea in the world
market and also to see to it that the welfare of workers is improved in a fair
and equitable manner. The importance of this year’s agreement is that the
workers will continue to be rewarded based on measurable productivity
parameters that drive profitability in an enterprise.

NUPAWU and UTA are hopeful that the
improvement and regular reward of employees through ELBA will improve the
productivity and quality of tea in Uganda and will also improve the
earnings of both the employers and the employees.

UTA and NUPAWU request the Government
of Uganda to consider expediting the reconstruction of the bridge that links
Kanungu where tea is produced and Rukungiri District. We further request the
Government to consider subsidizing cost of inputs like fertilizers that impact
heavily on tea production costs which otherwise are making Uganda uncompetitive in the world
market

We would like to thank the Joint
Industrial Council Members (JIC) and Workers for being exemplary during the
period of negotiation.

Hon. Joram Pajobo                                                              

General Secretary – NUPAWU 

                                      

Mr. George Ssekitoleko,   

Executive Secretary,

Uganda
Tea Association 

20th June, 2012

WORKSHOPS

Monday 1st October 2012

ICT Platform, e-auction:  EATTA organized
sensitization workshops in the EAC Region for tea producers on ICT. In Uganda the workshop was held on 20th
June 2012 at the Golf Course Hotel, Kampala.  The objective of the workshop was to explain
to the Uganda
tea producers for them to understand better how the e-auction system works.

The Uganda Ministry of Agriculture and World Bank organized Stakeholders
Consultation Workshop on the Government Development Strategy and Investment
Plan (DSIP) for tea on 7th September 2012.

The
objective of the workshop was for the stakeholders to discuss and further
recommend additional inputs or changes in the recommendations made by a Task
Team appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture and World Bank on the DSIP for
tea. The task Team’s mandate was study the tea sector and elaborate appropriate
policy changes and new interventions/programs and related investments.

The
task team proposed several interventions that included policy changes, tea
research, extension service, training, infrastructure development and a credit
scheme for tea farmers.

For
the tea policy changes (at the moment there is no tea policy) among the
proposals was setting up a body e.g. a Board to be responsible for the overall
development of the tea sector.

On
the issue of creating a Tea Board the Uganda Tea Association stakeholders
strongly recommended as follows:

  • The Board should be tea
    industry led as opposed to Government officers led
    and this could be
    achieved by having
    a clear majority of
    members
    of the association on the
    Board.
    The fact that the tea industry is 100% private clearly justifies
    this.
  • The Chairman of the Board
    should be from the tea association and should be elected from within the Board
    by the Board Members.

TRAINING

Monday 1st October 2012

AWARENESS
AND INTERNAL AUDIT TRAININGS FOR FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS (ISO 22000-2005)

Target
staff per tea member factory 

  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Human Resource Managers and
  • Procurement Managers   

The
following twenty four (24) member factories participated in the trainings which
were organized in 4 sessions at deferent periods and venues,

Mityana
(TAMTECO)                                                          Toro
Kahuna (TAMTECO)

Kiamara (TAMTECO)                                                        Kasaku (UTC)

Kakonde
(Dayalbhai Madanji)                                         
Namayiba Tea Estate

Samaliya
Tea Estate                                                         
Kiko
Tea Estate (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd)

Mwenge
Tea Factory (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd                              
Muzizi (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd

Bugambe  Tea Factory (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd            Buzirasagama
(Rwenzori Com.)

Hima  (Rwenzori Com)                                                       Kigumba           (Rwenzori Com)        

Munobwa
                                                                             Mabale
G.T.F               

Mpanga
G.T.F                                                                    
Rusekere
G.T.F
                                  

Kijura
Tea Co.                                                                     
Mwera/Nakigalala Tea  (Madhvani)               

Nyambya
Tea Co.                                                                              

Igara
G.T.F

Kayonza
G.T.F


Ankole
Tea factory (Mcleod Russel)
                    

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