Freedom of Association

Towards Trade Union Unity in Uganda

With the support of the ILO’s Bureau for Workers ‘Activities (ACTRAV), 42 unions adopted a resolution to enhance trade union unity in Uganda.

Press release | Mukono, Uganda | 12 October 2016

MUKONO, Uganda (ACTRAV INFO)- A national labour centre to enhance trade union unity in Uganda was launched at a conference held in Mukono on10-11 October 2016.

The move comes with a resolution which was adopted by 20 unions affiliated to the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), 19 unions affiliated to the Central Organisation of Free Trade Unions (COFTU), and three independent unions.

The resolution sets up a Steering Committee of 25 members “to further explore the available options and avenues of attaining a single National Center”.

The document also states that   trade union unity should be adopted “by consensus and in the context of the Constitutional Court Ruling No. 8 of 2004 that upheld the right of the freedom of association enshrined in Articles 29 and 40 of the Constitution of Uganda”.

The resolution has been adopted with support from the ILO’s Bureau for Workers ‘Activities (ACTRAV) in coordination with others organisations such as the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) from Kenya, the East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC), the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU),  the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), LO-Norway, and LO/FTF Council of Denmark.

For further information, please contact

Mohammed Mwamadzingo
Desk Officer for Africa