Platform for Labour Action (PLA) is a National Civil Society Organization that was founded in the year 2000. PLA is focused on promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized workers through the empowerment of communities and individuals in Uganda. Our target population are; vulnerable and marginalized workers, the majority of who are women, youth and children. This includes children in exploitative forms of work and those at risk of exploitation; vulnerable and marginalized workers infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, persons with disability, women, youth and the low-income earners (below UGX. 400,000 or 120 US dollars per month) and other groups defined as vulnerable and marginalized.
PLA's Core Values
- Commitment to our mission and work
- Transparency and accountability
- Respect for Human Rights and Justice
- Zero tolerance for corruption
PLA's Target Group
PLA’s target groups are vulnerable, marginalized and undocumented workers. They include:
- Children in exploitative forms of work
- Children at risk of exploitation
- People infected and affected by HIV-AIDS and severe chronic illness
- Low-income earners (below UGX. 400,000 or 120 US dollars per month)
- Other defined vulnerable and marginalized groups in the informal sector
What We Do
Empowering communities through awareness raising on issues affecting vulnerable workers through;
- Provision free legal aid to enable access to justice
- Legal Advocacy
- Policy engagement and social development sector budget monitoring,
- Capacity development; and bridging the gap to access to services like Education, Health, Legal services among vulnerable target groups.
- Support Vulnerable and Marginalised Workers access justice through;
- Provision of free legal aid services through direct service delivery; referral mechanisms; and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Support Vulnerable and Marginalised Workers through;
Provision of livelihood support, skills development for children in vocational institutions; and improving access to and retention in formal education.
Nature of Clients or Workers That PLA Provides Free Legal Aid Services
Informal sector workers or other low-income earners; earning less than USD 120 (below 400,000 Uganda Shillings per month). These include;
- Domestic workers (Housemaids)
- Security Guards (Askaris)
- Construction workers
- Fuel pump attendants
- Factory workers
- Shop Attendants and Water vendors
- Drivers, taxi drivers, conductors and motorcycle (boda-boda riders) and car washers
- Office Assistants/attendants, workers in markets and food vendors
- Crafts, service workers like barbers, waiters and waitresses, street vendors and persons selling goods in kiosks and shops
- Digging Communities
PLA's Strategic Goals
- Empowering communities where the targeted groups live, in order to provide grassroots protection and assistance to their members and in order each out their communities and achieve multiplier effect on the society.
- Establish partnerships and cooperation with worker's organizations, in order to ensure effective implementation of their mandate.
- Protecting rights of individuals from the target groups and assisting them to realize their full potential in the society.
- Monitoring the development and implementation of existing policies, regulatory actions and reforms. Making recommendations in relation to existing and potential gaps in them.
- Enhancing the capacity of PLA and our partner CBO's in order to effectively respond to the needs of the target groups.
Since inception, PLA has been working with vulnerable and marginalized workers with a specific focus on human rights protection; HIV&AIDS; Child Labour and Social Protection; Livelihood Support; and Employment. Other cross-cutting issues include Gender and Development; Legal and Policy Development; Research and Knowledge Management. In order to implement its mandate, PLA employs a participatory approach of working with its beneficiaries; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) while promoting collaboration and networking with the local Governments and other development partners including the private sector.
PLA will be guided by its goal of protecting human rights and improving the livelihoods of vulnerable and marginalized workers in Uganda. In this regard, PLA will adopt a set of strategies outlined under three thematic areas namely;
- Social Protection, Human Rights and Accountability
- Research and Knowledge management
- Institutional development. These strategies and goal will underpin the PLA theory of change.