The Federation of Uganda Employers at its 40th Annual General Meeting has elected the Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha as its chairperson.
The Federation was registered on August 18, 1960 under the names of Society of Employers and it was changed to Federation of Uganda Employers on August 17, 1961 under the Trustees Incorporation Act 1939. Today, FUE is the Voice of Employers on social and economic issues. It is recognized both locally and internationally.
Dr. Eng. Mugisha thanked the association members for the vote of confidence in his leadership skills. He appreciated the good work done by the previous leadership noting that having an association home was not a simple task.
He urged members to collaborate with government, workers, employers and other stakeholders to build industrial relations. “By doing so, we shall spend less money compensating staff on issues we can amicably resolve,” he said.
He emphasized the need for value proposition to the members and financial stability of the association. “Without members, an association is nothing. The association must however add value to its members,” he said.
Eng Silver Mugisha has over 20 years’ experience in water utility operations, international policy, research and advisory services.
He is the first African Vice President of the International water Association, Vice President (East Africa) of the Executive Board of African Water Association (AfWA); President of the Scientific and Technical Council of AfWA (2010-2014); Chairman of the WOP-Africa Programme Committee (2010-2014); member of IWA Programme Committee (2010-2012); a fellow of International Water Association (IWA); and a fellow of Netherlands SENSE Research School.
He will be deputized by Annet Nakawunde, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Finance Trust Bank.
FUE Executive Director Mr Douglas Opio said that a number of high quality services were offered to employers including tailor made trainings, leadership development female future program, employment relations and legal service, lobbying and advocacy for a conducive business environment, market research including salary surveys, consultancies and a wide range of productivity enhancement interventions.
Mr. Peter Werikhe the secretary General National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) requested the Minister of Labour to fast track the amendment of the NSSF Act and the Pension Act to conform to the regulatory framework that has been provided by the Uganda Retirements Benefits Regulatory Act.
Mr Chibebe Wellington, Director the ILO Area Director congratulated the secretariat for organizing the Annual General Meeting, association achievements and recognized the role FUE has played in mobilizing the employers of Uganda especially towards promoting the decent work agenda to benefit thousands of employees at work places in Uganda which is essential for ILO to deliver its objectives
Other governing members elected:
• Uganda Revenue Authority •Q-Sourcing Uganda
•Uganda Printing Publishing Co-operation
•Partners for children worldwide
•WWF (Wild Wide Fund for Nature)