Uganda will tomorrow, Friday, join the rest of the world to celebrate International Labour Day, the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs Nakiwala Kiyingi said, noting that the theme for the Day 2021 will be ‘Enhancing Innovation for Increased employment Creation and Labour Productivity: A Sustainable COVID -19 Response.’
The minister noted that the pandemic had severely scathed the labor sector, as some organizations were forced to lay off employees due to revenue losses, others failed to pay or reduced wages and there has been “general erosion of livelihoods especially for vulnerable groups such as women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), unprotected workers and migrant workers, the Creative and Art industry among others.”
“On this day, we recognize workers and employers for their contribution to the socio-economic development of our Country,” the minister said.
President Yoweri Museveni will grace the celebrations, which will be held at State House, Entebbe and broadcast on all televisions, starting at 8am.
Minister Nakiwala says “in order to make celebrations national, all Local Governments and Kampala Capital City Authority have been informed and requested to mark the day in accordance with the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) prescribed by the Ministry of Health.”
During the celebrations, officials will discuss how to innovatively enhance labour productivity and increase jobs.
“In light of the economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, adoption of innovative ways is critical to creation of jobs and enhancing Labour Productivity,” the minister said.
“This year’s theme has therefore been chosen to enhance national consciousness about the important role that innovation will play in increasing job creation and enhancing Labour Productivity during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.”