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.