Museveni to address nation on Labour Day as companies sack workers over declined revenues

President Yoweri Museveni will address via live broadcast on the occasion of this years’ International Labour Day, May 1, State House has announced.

“H.E Kaguta Museveni will address the Nation on the occasion of this years’ International Labour Day LabourDay May 1st via live broadcast. Please tune in to all national Televisions and Radios,” Ms. Lindah Nabusayi, his press secretary said via Twitter.

The address will be carried live on television and radio.

International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day or May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on May Day.

Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Frank Tumwebaze last week announced that Ministry of Labour will not organise International labour day celebrations earlier planned to take place in Mbarara Western Uganda due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am writing to notify all workers and fellow citizens that due to the social disruptions caused by the COVID19 pandemic and in pursuit of the national coronavirus prevention guidelines in place, Ministry of Labour will not organise International labour day celebrations on 1st May 2020, earlier planned to take place in Mbarara,” Mr. Tumwebaze wrote.

The day has come at time when a total of 81% of the global workforce of 3.3 billion people have had their workplace fully or partly closed.

Restrictions on daily life have led to the closure of many companies and the laying off of staff – either permanently or temporarily.

The outbreak is expected to wipe out 6.7% of working hours across the world during the second quarter of 2020, according to International Labour Organization.

That is the equivalent of 195 million full-time workers losing their jobs.

The worst-hit region is predicted to be the Arab states, with an 8.1% decline in working hours (five million full-time workers).

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