KAMPALA —Workers’ Member of Parliament, Margaret Rwabusaija Namubiru has Monday January 4, launched her five-year reelection manifesto for the 2021 general elections.
Unveiling her manifesto to workers, Rwabushaija an independent candidate said she had engaged individual unions with the purpose of not only developing joint strategies that will deliver better welfare for the workers of all Trade Unions but also building union leadership to build capacity for the labour unions.
The teacher turned politician argued that workers should expect more as she’s ready to continue representing them as an effective voice in policy making, advocacy and the struggle for improved welfare and working conditions for all workers in Uganda.
She noted that she envisages a trade union movement where all unions are growing in terms of membership and are socially and economically empowered.
This is a passion that she plans to carry on to the next term (2021-2026), saying that ‘it forms the backbone of the labour union Movement”.
In the next term if re-elected, Rwabushaija
she will continue promoting, supporting and defending the workers’ agenda which she already started as a means of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.
This specific SDG emphases decent work and Economic Development.
She says that through her active transformation leadership, she has exhibited dedication and passion for the workers issues through organizing/recruitment, training, mobilizing and taking lead in ensuring the growth of individual unions.
As a specialist in Labour Union and Industrial relations, Policy Advocacy, Negotiation combined with passion; these key elements have helped her move the workers agenda to a higher level and in particular, transforming the policy environment around workers’ issues.
She has not only been instrumental in the 10th Parliament in ensuring the successful lobbying and influencing Legislation on pertinent issues that relate to and concern the well being of Ugandan workers locally, regionally internationally by tabling issues of National Importance and Concern in Labour, education, health, transportation and economic development as highlighted in the manifesto. The founder President/National Chairperson of the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) and served in that capacity for 13 years where the foundation of UNATU and its advent in the labour union movement acted as a cornerstone in the entire development of trade unionism in Uganda.
It’s on record that she tabled one important labour laws entitled ; “Establishment and Management of Markets (Amendment) Bill 2019”, which is a prerequisite for the economic transformation of the country; not to mention that the law had never been amended in the last 78 years. Her political agenda include; precarious work, Youth and leadership, Economic empowerment, ethics and integrity among others.