Manufacturers warn against employing expatriates
The Minister for Works and Transport, Mr John Byabagambi, wants the Uganda Manufactures Association members to spearhead an end to wage discrimination because it impacts on productivity.
Describing it as ‘unfair,’ Mr Byabagambi says it is unfair for an expatriate to be paid more than a Ugandan (local labour) yet both are doing the same job and possess the same skills.
While engaging with the manufactures at Lugogo last week, Mr Byabagambi asked the manufacturers to end this practice that breeds contempt and unethical conducts if they want to safeguard their businesses and yield from their investments.
Mr Byabagambi also urged the immigration department to tighten its sieve while letting in expatriates, implying that only those who have expertise that cannot be sourced within should be given priority. In the same engagement, Minister Byabagambi said expatriates who have been allowed to work here should communicate in English, saying this is important for social harmony and co-existence, considering that this is the country’s official language.
According to Mr Nzeyi, organisations should build the capacity of the locals and part of the terms and conditions for expatriates should include passing over the knowledge to the locals they are working with.