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Educate 200 War & HIV/AIDS-Orphaned Ugandan Girls

This project will provide education, lunch, school materials and school uniforms to orphaned girls. Counseling support, nutrition and basic health care will be offered to rehabilitate these children.

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Empower Child Domestic Workers Through Education

This project aims to stop child exploitation in Uganda by removing 100 children in Kampala aged 14-17 from domestic work and placing them in vocational training. Money raised will pay for room and board, tuition, unif Read more....

  • Platform for Labour Action
  • Platform for Labour Action
  • Platform for Labour Action
  • Platform for Labour Action
  • Platform for Labour Action
  • Platform for Labour Action
  • Platform for Labour Action
  • Platform for Labour Action
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  • Consultant Strategic Planning
      TITLE: Terms of Reference of Consultancy services to prepare a rolling Strategic Plan 2013-2015 BACKGROUND: Platform for Labour Action (PLA) is a national civil society organization that was founded in 2000 by Read more.....
  • PLA in the newspapers
    Child labour hinders education in Masindi, Kiryandongo districts The district authorities and non-governmental organisations in Masindi and Kiryandongo are struggling to contain the rising number of child labourers. Read more.....
  • Introducing Platform For Labour Action
    Every hour of the day someone in the world is being laid off or declared redundant in the formal or informal sector. The effects of unemployment in the developing world can be devastating. The level of dependence on on Read more.....
Programs
Research, Information, Education and Communication

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) diligently scrutinizes the newspapers everyday to identify labour and employment issues. This monitoring helps the organization keep abreast of new developments in these areas and informs us on how the issues are being reported. The organization has a Resource Centre at its head office in Kampala. The Resource Centre houses materials relevant to the issues of labour, child labour, employment, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and many others affecting vulnerable people.

Creating awareness in the areas that PLA operates in is an essential building block in strengthening and addressing societal attitudes to legal rights, employment, child labour and HIV/AIDS issues. For this reason Platform for Labour Action has sought to inform and educate the general public through the following activities: -

  • Generating press releases on the Social Security Reform process and domestic workers.
  • Taking part in radio and television programmes to commemorate Labour Day and Child Labour Day.
  • Coordinating the broadcasting of radio programmes on child labour. The programmes have focused on the prevention, protection and rehabilitation of child labourers from hazardous work, the role of the community in alleviating child labour, defending children from exploitative work and legal education on the rights of the child. The programmes are broadcast in English and Langi.
  • Production and distribution of 2000 posters on HIV/AIDS and child labour campaigns.
  • Development of labour and trade materials.
  • The annual domestic workers outreach workshop was held, with its focus on Kampala. 150 individuals participated in the workshop on building employer/employee obligations and delivering greater equity in the informal and formal work sectors of Uganda.

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) has been carrying out a study on adult domestic workers in four districts of Kampala, Lira, Mbarara and Iganga. PLA is a non Governmental Organisation that promotes human rights of vulnerable and marginalized workers in Uganda and has been working with domestic workers since 2002. The objective of the study was to document the situation of adult domestic workers so as to be able to suggest possible ways of improving the working conditions of such workers. The study aimed at understanding the situation of domestic workers by addressing the causes, problems, and prospects of domestic workers. PLA held interviews with domestic workers, employers and local leaders.

The following publications were printed and successfully delivered to PLA; the Rapid Assessment report on child domestic labour (500 copies), Civic education posters (1000 copies), hand book for training women and youth civic peer educators in the informal sector (50 copies), 175 copies of the first issue of the labour newsletter were dispatched to 23 primary schools both in Kampala and Lira districts and to some partner NGOs. Click here to see the program photo gallery.

 
Advocacy Services

PLa is the lead agency of the 24 member Civil Society Organization Coalition on Social Security Reform. As part of the Social Security Stakeholders Transition (STG), PLA attended the launch of the second phase of the STG in April 2004, whereby it was intimated that the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development had adopted the report. As the coordinating organization PLA conducted consultative meetings with National Social Security Fund (NSSF) contributors in collaboration with MS Uganda under the theme “Transparency and Accountability to contributors: the Future of Social Security in Uganda.”  The aim of the meeting was to give contributors a platform to express their concerns about the management affairs of the fund and the transfer of the NSSF from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to the Ministry of Finance in the wake of allegations of gross financial mismanagement.

PLA under The Civil Society Organizations Coalition on Social Security and Pension Reform is implementing a programme on social security and pension’s reform. The goal is to build a strong civic voice that advocates for contributor-centered reforms in the Social Security and Pensions Sector. Click here to see the program photo gallery.

 
Litigation and Dispute Resolution

In 2004 PLA received accreditation from the Uganda Law Council to operate as a legal office. In addition to the support that Platform for Labour Action receives from outside counsel; Mr Angerett Sebastian of Angerett & Co. Advocates. The Practicing Certificate (PC) enables Platform for Labour Action’s legal officers to also represent clients in law courts.

In 2005, the Legal Department was able to attend to a total of 640 clients, 11 cases were carried forward from 2004, and 379 were new clients and 250 were domestic workers reached through legal aid clinic

A total of 120 cases were amicably resolved by the intervention of the Department through Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms and 199 cases were resolved administratively following service of demand notices on the employers, while 60 merited conventional litigation, and 13 cases were filed by the Department in various courts depending on the pecuniary prayers of each. The cases handled included wrongful dismissal, unpaid wages and terminal benefits and compensation for work related injuries. Our client base is comprised mainly of vulnerable, marginalized and undocumented workers such as construction workers, teachers, fuel attendants, bakery workers, casual labourers, market vendors and domestic workers.

In April 2005, the report on the key findings of the review of current legislation and policies in relation to children in commercial agriculture was disseminated. This report presents a summary to guide policy makers in making amendments to the relevant legislation and finding practicable solutions to address the problem of child labour in Uganda.

The department further provided legal advisory services, mediation and arbitration services and technical advise to employers and employees on the formalization of employment contracts. PLA has also made available to Community Based Organization (CBO’s) the procedures for assumption of a corporate legal personality.

The department has also hosted legal outreach clinic for domestic workers in collaboration with Children of Zion where 150 workers attended.

Overall Objectives of the Legal Department

  1. Provision of Legal Aid Advisory and Support Services to Vulnerable, Marginalized and Undocumented workers.
  2. Periodic analysis of national laws and policies to ensure compliance with International Human Rights instruments as well as the ILO (Core) Labour Standards.
  3. Legal Education and Rights awareness for Vulnerable, marginalized and undocumented workers.
  4. Workplace monitoring to ensure respect for employees' rights.
  5. Technical Support to Community based Organizations.

Strengths

  1. Approved and registered Law Chambers.
  2. Limited Legal Aid Providers in the labour sector in Uganda.
  3. Strong referral system with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, Legal Aid Project, Legal Aid Clinic, KCC District Labour Office and the Public Defenders.
  4. Two Enrolled Advocates, with training in Alternative Dispute Resolution and human rights.
  5. Networking with an established and renown labour rights lawyer, Mr. Sebastian Angerett, from whom the Legal Officers are learning quite a lot.
 
HIV/AIDs Prevention and Impact Mitigation

The problem of HIV/AIDs is a great one, not only for Uganda. PLA is working in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Lira to help in the prevention and mitigation of HIV/AIDs. PLA has held meetings with its community networks in Bwaise and Nansana educating and distributing condoms and IEC materials. It has also worked to extend its HIV/AIDs program to help women, children and youth in Lira Municipality.

Approximately 180 informal sector workers comprised of 45 women, 75 children and 60 youth have received training on HIV/AIDs. Peer educators have been involved in community outreach and sensitization, creating awareness through poster campaigns and the distribution of materials on HIV/AIDs with special focus on internally displaced people as a vulnerable group.

Through its awareness seminars PLA has been able to reach to over 800 adults. The organization has worked hand in hand with the community to produce informative and understandable posters to generate increased awareness and to target as wide as an audience as possible. These have been translated into two dialects Luganda and Langi. In 2005 Platform for Labour Action received a grant from the Canadian Development Agency for a project on HIV/AID prevention and impact mitigation among the children, youth and women working in the informal sector in Lira Municipality. Under this project the three groups each identified income generating activities that were supported to sustain their livelihoods and overall 341 women, youth and children were trained on entrepreneurship skills and business management. Click here to see the program photo gallery.

 
Child Labour and Social Protection

PLA has been implementing activities in Katwe 1 parish, Kampala district that aim at prevention of child labour and protection of child labourers with specific focus on child domestic work. This has been through community empowerment, education and training. Under this project, 110 child domestic workers and children at risk of joining were identified during a social mapping and 45 community members were trained on the problem of child domestic work, legal provisions relating to child domestic work, children’s rights, CDW monitoring mechanisms and the strategies for prevention, withdrawal and protection of child domestic workers. The trained community members have held awareness creation meetings with over 700 other members.

Children have been an integral part of the project implementation and are actively involved in awareness creation through songs and plays and development of information, education and communication materials. They have also participated in project monitoring and in reporting cases of child abuse to PLA and other stakeholders.

In Lira, the child domestic workers have been trained and Peer to peer education is being done by the children themselves. This has seen an increase in the number of child domestic labour cases being reported to the office. PLA has also withdrawn 256 child domestic workers and sent them to school.

Platform for Labour Action has made great strides to alleviate the circumstances that a large number of these children find themselves in. The organization has worked throughout the year to prevent the involvement of children in work that is dehumanizing and harmful to their physical and emotional well being and to rehabilitate them through primary, secondary and vocational education.

  • 227 female and male children have been removed from work they were engaged in, 150 of these were in high risk work environments.
  • 76 of those that were withdrawn were placed in school and provided with the basic scholastic requirements of uniforms, exercise books and pens. 55 child domestic workers received protective services
  • Additional aids such as  sewing machines, hand held saws and hammers were also supplied.
  • Mattresses and bed sheets and blankets were also distributed to those most in need
  • 18 of the poorest families received grants for viable and sustainable income generating projects, which would enable them to make basic provisions for their children’s educational needs.

Click here to see the program photo gallery.