1.   Application.

   2.   Interpretation.

   3.   Establishment of minimum wages advisory boards and board inquiries and recommendations.

   4.   General provisions as to minimum wages advisory boards.

   5.   Duties and powers of boards.

   6.   Board wages regulation proposals.

   7.   Establishment of wages councils.

   8.   Procedure in making of wages council orders.

   9.   Procedure of councils.

   10.   Wages regulation orders.

   11.   Boards and councils may reconsider recommendations.

   12.   Dissolution of boards and councils.

   13.   Agreements and arbitration awards.

   14.   Penalty for failing to pay minimum wage or comply with conditions of employment.

   15.   Powers of authorised officers to institute proceedings.

   16.   Permits to infirm and incapacitated persons.

   17.   Employers not to receive premiums.

   18.   Records and notices.

   19.   Powers of authorised officers.

   20.   Penalty for obstruction of authorised officers.

   21.   Penalty for false entries or records, etc.

   22.   Void agreement.

   23.   Rules.

      First Schedule   Constitution, officers and proceedings of minimum wages advisory boards.

      Second Schedule   Constitution, officers and proceedings of wages councils.


Commencement: 17 October, 1957.

   An Act to provide for the establishment of minimum wages advisory boards and wages councils, and for the regulation of the remuneration and conditions of employment of employees.

1.   Application.

   This Act shall not apply to members of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces, members of any police force established by the Constitution or Act of Parliament, public officers or persons otherwise employed by the Government.

2.   Interpretation.

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "authorised officer" means the labour commissioner and any other person appointed by the Minister for carrying into effect the provisions of this Act;

   (b)   "board" means a minimum wages advisory board established under section 3(1);

   (c)   "council" means a wages council established under section 7;

   (d)   "employee" includes an apprentice and a learner;

   (e)   "employer" means any person who has entered into a contract to employ any other person, and the agent, foreman, manager, recruiter or factor of the employer;

   (f)   "outworker" means an employee to whom articles or materials are given out to be made up, cleaned, washed, altered, ornamented, finished, or repaired or adapted for sale in his or her own home or in other premises not in the control or management of the person who gave out the articles or materials;

   (g)   "statutory minimum remuneration" means any remuneration fixed by a wages regulation order;

   (h)   "wages council order" means an order made under section 7 establishing a wages council;

   (i)   "wages regulation order" includes any order made by the President under section 6(6) and any order made by the Minister under section 9(4) or 13;

   (j)   "wages regulation proposals" includes recommendations made by a board under section 3 and proposals made by a council under section 7.

   (2) Whenever anything is required to be published under this Act, it shall be published in the Gazette, in two newspapers circulating in Uganda and in such other manner as the Minister shall consider necessary to bring it to the attention of the persons concerned, unless it is specifically provided that it shall be published in the Gazette in which case it shall not be necessary to publish it in any other manner.

3.   Establishment of minimum wages advisory boards and board inquiries and recommendations.

   (1) The Minister may, from time to time, by notice duly published, appoint a minimum wages advisory board for any specified area or for any employees or groups of employees in any occupation in which he or she considers that it may be desirable to fix a minimum wage and to determine other conditions of employment.

   (2) The board shall thereupon inquire into the wages and conditions of service of those employees coming within its terms of reference and after complying with section 4 shall submit recommendations to the Minister, which may specify the minimum wage or conditions of employment which, in the opinion of the board, should be observed in regard to all or any of those employees; and thereafter any such recommendations shall be deemed to be a wages regulation proposal.

4.   General provisions as to minimum wages advisory boards.

   (1) The First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to the constitution, officers and proceedings of a board.

   (2) Where any matter is referred under section 3 to a board, the board shall make all such investigations as appear to it to be necessary or desirable.

   (3) All persons summoned to attend and give evidence, or to produce books, plans or documents at any sitting of a board shall be bound to obey the summons served upon them as fully in all respects as witnesses are bound to obey a summons issued from the High Court, and shall be entitled to like expenses as if they had been summoned to attend at such court on a criminal trial, if the expenses shall be allowed by the board, but the board may disallow the whole or any part of such expenses in any case if it thinks fit.

   (4) Orders for the payment of such witnesses shall be made as nearly as may be as orders are made for the payment of witnesses in the High Court, and shall be paid in such manner as the Minister may direct.

   (5) Every person refusing or omitting, without sufficient cause, to attend at the time and place mentioned in the summons served on him or her, and every person attending, but leaving a board without the permission of the board, or refusing without sufficient cause to answer, or to answer fully and satisfactorily, to the best of his or her knowledge and belief all questions put to him or her by or with the concurrence of the board, or refusing or omitting without sufficient cause to produce any books, plans or documents in his or her possession or under his or her control, and mentioned or referred to in the summons served on him or her, and every person who at any sitting of the board wilfully insults any member of a board, or the secretary, or wilfully interrupts the proceedings of a board, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 1500 shillings; but no person giving evidence before a board shall be compelled to incriminate himself or herself, and every such person shall, in respect of any evidence given by him or her before a board, be entitled to all the privileges to which a witness giving evidence before the High Court is entitled in respect of evidence given by him or her before that court.

5.   Duties and powers of boards.

   (1) A board appointed under this

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