PAU attends to labour grievances in the oil sector

Oil rig installation works in the Kingfisher oil field at Buhuka Village on the shore of Lake Albert in Kyangwali Sub-county, Kikuube District recently. (Image: Kazi-njema News)

The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has said it is engaging different stakeholders to address grievances related to labour rights in the oil sector.

In response to allegations of labour rights violation in the oil sector, the authority said it had received reports that some contractors had a disagreement with some employees but later reconciled and work resumed normal.

“The grievances were related to inadequate sensitisation on statutory deductions such as social security and taxes as well as the overtime payments policy. We immediately held engagements with the respective parties including the district leadership to ascertain the root cause and agree on an amicable way of settling the identified issues,” PAU said in a statement.

The Authority calls upon contractors to establish regular communication channels and platforms with their staff to resolve and prevent grievances.

PAU promises to continue working closely with different stakeholders in the oil sector to maximise sensitisation and adherence to all the labour-related laws and policies at different sites to ensure a suitable working environment.

Serious oil field development activities are going on in the Kingfisher Development area in Hoima and Kikuube districts as well as the Tilenga Project in Buliisa and Nwoya districts.

Another big oil industry project is the construction of Kabalega International Airport on the oil refinery land in Hoima district.

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