following were negotiated between Uganda
Tea Association and the workers Union (National Union of Plantation
and Agricultural Workers Uganda
i) The Agreement of Terms and Conditions of
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
concluded and signed during the month of June 2012.
the end of the negotiation the following was a Press release:
National Union of Plantation
& Agricultural Workers - Uganda [NUPAWU]
Tea Association (UTA) and National Union of Plantation and Agricultural Workers
(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
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
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,
20th June, 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.
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.
task team proposed several interventions that included policy changes, tea
research, extension service, training, infrastructure development and a credit
scheme for tea farmers.
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.
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
- The Chairman of the Board
should be from the tea association and should be elected from within the Board
by the Board Members.
AND INTERNAL AUDIT TRAININGS FOR FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS (ISO 22000-2005)
staff per tea member factory
- Quality Assurance Managers
- Production Managers
- Engineering Managers
- Human Resource Managers and
- Procurement Managers
following twenty four (24) member factories participated in the trainings which
were organized in 4 sessions at deferent periods and venues,
Kiamara (TAMTECO) Kasaku (UTC)
(Dayalbhai Madanji) Namayiba Tea Estate
Tea Estate Kiko
Tea Estate (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd)
Tea Factory (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd Muzizi (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd
Bugambe Tea Factory (Mcleod Russel (U) Ltd Buzirasagama
Hima (Rwenzori Com) Kigumba (Rwenzori Com)
Tea Co. Mwera/Nakigalala Tea (Madhvani)
Tea factory (Mcleod Russel)